Visible space station on the Northern Rivers this weekend


It's the scientific event you can see with your naked eyes tonight and over the weekend.

The International Space Station (ISS) will be visible from the Northern Rivers today, tomorrow and Sunday, weather permitting.

The space station looks like a plane or a very bright star moving through the sky, except for not having flashing lights or changing direction.

According to NASA, it will also be moving considerably faster than a typical plane, since they usually fly at about 965 km per hour; the space station flies at 28,000 km / h.

Dylan O & # 39; Donnell, of the Byron Bay Observatory, said the space station is visible because it is reflecting sunlight.

"The trick is that if there is an ISS passing as close as possible to the sunset, the sun will be illuminating and reflecting the ISS for a longer time, otherwise it will eventually go into the shadow of the Earth and can not be seen by the eye naked". said.

"From Byron Bay, next week, the ISS passes through the sun, so photographers with a solar reach can try that."

Mission Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, determines observation opportunities for more than 6700 locations around the world.

Information from NASA's online outreach program confirmed the ISS will be visible from Lismore, Casino, Ballina, Maclean, Murwillumbah and Kingscliff tonight from 5.52pm for five minutes appearing from north to west north and disappearing into the east, southeast.

On Saturday, the ISS will be visible from 6:41 p.m. for two minutes.

On Sunday, the ISS will be visible from 5:52 p.m., for four minutes.

The space station is the only microgravity laboratory on Earth.

The size of a football field platform hosts a large number of scientific and technological experiments that are continually driven by crew members or are automated.

Research on board the orbital laboratory contains benefits for life on Earth as well as for future space explorations.

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