Thursday, 29 March 2012 20:29

Follow the ISS from Melbourne

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Over the next few days, there will be some great opportunities to see the International Space Station just after dusk in Melbourne.

According to the tracking site n2yo there will be some exceptional views of the International Space Station over the next few nights.

Commencing tonight at around 8:45pm and again Friday at 7:45pm, on Saturday at 8:25pm and on Monday at 7:05pm (Sunday doesn't have a suitable pass-over) the ISS will pass from the south-west to the north-east and will be as bright as Venus (that's the very bright object setting a little after the sun, the slightly paler one is Jupiter).

The ISS is by far the largest man-made object in space measuring more than 100 x 70m - this size is made up mostly its solar panels, which are generally quite reflective, hence the brightness of the object.

Each pass-over will take around 5 minutes, so if you don't see it during the brief window around the times quoted (start looking a little before and wait until seven or eeight minutes after), you'll have to wait for the mext one.

Sightings just after dusk give the best opportunity to see the ISS as it will be bathed in sunlight while we on the ground will be in darkness (or near to it).

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David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.

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