It’s a sight to behold.

The International Space Station is due to be visible in skies above the UK this week.

But you will have to be up early to catch a glimpse, reports  The Mirror.

It’s much easier to see when it is dark, and when the skies are clear – so make sure you also keep an eye on the weather too.

NASA  explained: “It needs to be dark where you are and the space station needs to be overhead in order for you to see it.

“Since the space station’s orbit takes it all around the globe, it can be passing over you at times when it will not be visible- either in the middle of the day or the middle of the night. The space station must be 40 degrees or more above the horizon for it to be visible.”

When can you see the ISS this week?

NASA has a ‘Spot The Station tracker’ where you can follow the space station’s journey.

According to  the experts, you’ll be able to see it at the following times in the UK this week:

Thu Aug 27, 5:12 AM

Fri Aug 28, 4:26 AM

Sat Aug 29, 5:12 AM

Sun Aug 30, 4:27 AM

The space station is Earth’s only microgravity laboratory.


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NASA say: “This football field-sized platform hosts a plethora of science and technology experiments that are continuously being conducted by crew members, or are automated.

“Research aboard the orbiting laboratory holds benefits for life back on Earth, as well as for future space exploration.

“The space station serves as a testbed for technologies and allows us to study the impacts of long-term spaceflight to humans, supporting NASA’s mission to push human presence farther into space.”





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