Friday, 19 February 2016
Looking for Tim
Yesterday evening (Thursday 18th February) the International Space Station was to be over head at 6.30pm, when according to NASA it would be visible for three minutes...exciting!
The space station, with British astronaut Tim Peake on board, has been orbiting the globe since 1998.
The ISS orbits at approximately 220 miles above the earth and it travels at an average speed of 27,724 kilometres (17,227 miles) per hour. The ISS makes multiple orbits around the earth every day.
But every so often, the ISS becomes visible in the night sky to us on earth, appearing as a bright star moving quickly above the horizon.
It was expected to appear from 16 degrees above south-west and disappear 10 degrees above south, so out came my compass to make sure I was looking in the right direction
Well, I was outside at the allotted time...but what did I see?....all these clouds, not a star or anything else in sight apart from the glorious moon. Tim Peake made a wonderful video though of the UK.
There is another chance to see the ISS - but only briefly - on Saturday, February 20, 10 degrees above south-west - but for less than a minute.It might be a clear night then.