Spot the Space Station

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” was famously quoted by Oscar Wilde, and in times like these, the magic of stargazing can lift you out of yourself and help put things into perspective.

We have had some lovely crystal evenings recently, and last night there was a wonderfully clear view of the International Space Station passing over our heads, demonstrating to us the true meaning of self-isolation in perpetual eerie silence.

If you are keen to track the ISS, then I would recommend you download the free ISS Spotter (available on iOS) or the ISS Live Now App (available for Android and iOS) onto your phone.

Remember, there is another flypast of the ISS tonight at 7.38pm. Look south and you will see it fly at an angle of about 30 degrees travelling in a steady flight west to east. Give them a wave! 

 

Dates and Times

The ISS will also be visible:

  • 25th March at 19:38
  • 26th March at 20:28
  • 27th March at 19:40
  • 28th March at 20:29
  • 29th March at 20:42
  • 30th March at 18:31
  • 31st March at 20:44
Image by WikiImages from Pixabay

Look west in the evening sky

If you look west in the evening sky, after you have just waved to the Space Station, you’ll see the planet Venus, glistening like a jewel. Though similar in size to the Earth, this is not a place you would want to self-isolate too.

The air pressure is 90 times that of the Earth with a temperature hot enough to melt lead, so we have to thank our lucky stars (see what I did there) that we are here on Earth, our lovely’ goldilocks planet’ able to give us life and everything we need.

If you like to use Twitter, then follow @VirtualAstro and @GoStargazing, two really useful sources of information about what is happening in the night sky at any one time. Enjoy!