The ISS Direct Pass over Sydney tonight.
The International Space Station will make a direct pass over Sydney tonight.
People across greater Sydney and NSW should be able to see the International Space Station pass with the naked eye.
The ISS Sydney pass will take place at approximately 7.44pm tonight, if there is no cloud cover of course.
The ISS will first be visible around 7.42pm in the north west about 10 degrees above the horizon.
It will be at maximum brightness at 7.45pm and 20 seconds over Sydney.
The ISS will disappear around 7.48 and 30 seconds to the South-East over the Pacific Ocean as it makes its way over New Zealand.
The ISS Direct pass over Sydney will see it at a 3.1 magnitude which is a fairly significant brightness.
It’s an historic time for the ISS, with two women for the first time carrying out a space walk.
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir ventured out of the ISS and into the vacuum of space over the weekend Sydney time, in an historic first.
NASA allowed Meir and Koch to enjoy a 6-hour spacewalk, which involved maintenance tasks outside the station.
The International Space Station began in November 1998, with a multi-national partnership between Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States.
The offical NASA spot the station website can help you locate the ISS when it makes its Sydney pass and beyond.
Space Station Facts
- 230 individuals from 18 countries have visited the International Space Station
- The space station has been continuously occupied since November 2000
- An international crew of six people live and work while traveling at a speed of five miles per second, orbiting Earth about every 90 minutes.
- In 24 hours, the space station makes 16 orbits of Earth, traveling through 16 sunrises and sunsets
- Peggy Whitson set the record for spending the most total time living and working in space at 665 days on Sept. 2, 2017
- The acre of solar panels that power the station means sometimes you can look up in the sky at dawn or dusk and see the spaceship flying over your home, even if you live in a big city. Find sighting opportunities at http://spotthestation.nasa.gov
- The living and working space in the station is larger than a six-bedroom house (and has six sleeping quarters, two bathrooms, a gym, and a 360-degree view bay window).
- To mitigate the loss of muscle and bone mass in the human body in microgravity, the astronauts work out at least two hours a day.
- Astronauts and cosmonauts have conducted more than 205 spacewalks (and counting!) for space station construction, maintenance and repair since December 1998
- The solar array wingspan (240 feet) is about the same length as the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380.
- The large modules and other pieces of the station were delivered on 42 assembly flights, 37 on the U.S. space shuttles and five on Russian Proton/Soyuz rockets.
- The space station is 357 feet end-to-end, one yard shy of the full length of an American football field including the end zones.
- Eight miles of wire connects the electrical power system aboard the space station.
- The 55-foot robotic Canadarm2 has seven different joints and two end-effectors, or hands, and is used to move entire modules, deploy science experiments and even transport spacewalking astronauts.
- Six spaceships can be connected to the space station at once.
Ryan is Contributing Editor