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International Space Station passes over the UK during November and December



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In spite of the Russians best effort, the International Space Station is on course and back to brighten up the UK skies for the next couple of weeks.

You can wave at the astronauts as they glide past, brightening up the night sky.

The timings are good if you have any young wouldbe space travellers too, with early evening sightings until early December.

ISS Elements of this image furnished by NASA
ISS Elements of this image furnished by NASA

From Monday, November 22, there will be some very bright passes – cloud cover permitting – with the first at 6.15pm on the Monday.

Tuesday (23) is a little earlier at around 5.27pm, Wednesday (24) 4.40pm and 6.16pm.

The ISS always travels from west to east - appearing either south west or south south west.

The early evening bright passes will continue through to December 6 when it will start to get a little fainter.

Earlier this week seven crew member had to take emergency shelter in a spacecraft docked to the ISS because of a new, potentially dangerous debris field generated by a Russian anti-satellite test.

The astronauts got inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Russian Soyuz spacecraft after a Russian missile exploded one of the nation's dead spy satellites over the weekend.

The anti-satellite test was condemned by the US State Department with a spokesman saying: "The Russian Federation recklessly conducted a destructive satellite test of a direct ascent and anti-satellite missile against one of its own satellites."

He added that the test had created more than 1,500 pieces of new junk in orbit that "will significantly increase the risk to astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station, as well as other human spaceflight activities."



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