In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.
In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module. NASA

LOOK UP: It moves at 29,000km/h and you can see it tonight

SPACE watchers are in for a treat over the next five days as the International Space Station orbits high above Warwick.

The ISS will be visible a total of 10 times between now and Christmas Day and is well worth getting outside for a look.

See below for dates and times when the station will be visible.

Look for a bright light travelling quickly in a straight line - the station moves at a very quick 29,000km/h.

Look for a bright light travelling quickly across the sky.
Look for a bright light travelling quickly across the sky. Contributed
  • Thu Dec 21, 7:07 PM - visible for five minutes and will reach a maximum height of 26°. It will appear in the northern sky and travel to the south east.
  • Thu Dec 21, 8:44 PM - visible for four min and will reach a maximum height of 17°. It will appear in the western sky and travel to the south.
  • Fri Dec 22, 3:18 AM - visible for less than one min and will reach a maximum height of 13°. It will appear in the southern sky and travel to the south east.
  • Fri Dec 22, 7:51 PM - visible for six minutes and will reach a maximum height of 35°.
  • It will appear in the north western sky and travel to the south east.
  • Sat Dec 23, 4:01 AM - visible for six minutes and will reach a maximum height of 84°. It will appear in the south western sky and travel to the north east.
  • Sun Dec 24, 3:08 AM - visible for six minutes and will reach a maximum height of 38°. It will appear in the south western sky and travel to the north east.
  • Sun Dec 24, 7:47 PM - visible for less than one minute and will reach a maximum height of 12°. It will appear in the south western sky and travel to the south.
  • Mon Dec 25, 2:17 AM - visible for five minutes and will reach a maximum height of 18°. It will appear in the southern sky and travel to the east.
  • Mon Dec 25, 3:53 AM - visible for five minutes and will reach a maximum height of 24°. It will appear in the south western sky and travel to the north.

The station has been orbiting around Earth for almost 7000 days, having been launched in 1998 and is expected to remain in operation until 2028.

The station takes six crew when fully manned and has currently three crew members on board.

The International Space Station in 2010, as seen from the departing Space Shuttle Atlantis.
The International Space Station in 2010, as seen from the departing Space Shuttle Atlantis. Wikicommons


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