A bright passing of the International Space Station is happening tonight above Perth.
The international space station will make a direct pass over Perth tonight.
Hopefully, if the sky is clear, the city will have a great view of the passing station.
The ISS will be visible to 2 million people for about 5 minutes, passing from the south-west over the Indian Ocean, toward the north-east interior of Australia.
From 6.38pm the ISS will appear 10 degrees above the horizon. At 6.39pm it will be at maximum brightness above Perth. It will disappear at 6.42pm and 44 seconds 10 degrees to the NW.
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About the International Space Station
The ISS travels at over 26,000 km/hr, orbiting the earth about 15 times per day and has been moving around the Earth for 21-years.
The ISS is constantly receiving payloads from Earth so crews can continue to maintain the station, which conducts many scientific experiments.
Yesterday a Japanese rocket with supplies for the ISS caught fire on the pad and had to be extinguished.
The HTV cargo ship, carrying replacement batteries for ISS’ solar power system and 2.5 tons of crew supplies and equipment, suffered no apparent damage.
Thanks to Ignazio for the tip about tonight’s Perth ISS sighting.