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Monday, September 10, 2018

 

Catch the ISS passing close to Venus, Jupiter and Mars (11-15 September, 2018)

The ISS passes below Jupiter and above Venus and the crescent Moon as seen from Sydney on the evening of Thursday 13 September at 18:41 AEST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.The ISS passes above Venus as seen from Adelaide on the  evening of Tuesday 11 September at 19:52 ACST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.The ISS passes below Jupiter as seen from Perth on the  evening of Tuesday 11 September at 19:56 AWST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot) click to embiggen.
All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Thursday 13 September for Sydney.All sky chart showing local  times from Heavens Above for Tuesday 11 September for Adelaide.All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Saturday Tuesday 11 September for Perth.

Starting tomorrow night there are a series of  very bright ISS passes. Many will pass close to bright planets or shoot between the planets and the Moon. However, there are particularly close passes to Venus on the 11th (Adelaide), 12th (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart), 13th (Sydney) 14th and 17th (Darwin), 15th (Brisbane). On other days there are close passes to Jupiter (11th Hobart, 13th Melbourne, 11th,14th Perth) and Mars (11th Sydney, 12th Perth) .

The following tables are from data provided from Heavens Above.

Passes from Adelaide
Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
10 Sep-3.119:05:5310°SSW19:09:0539°SE19:10:0830°Evisible
11 Sep-2.319:50:3010°WSW19:53:3433°NW19:53:3533°NWvisible
12 Sep-3.618:58:2010°SW19:01:4274°NW19:04:2814°NEvisible
13 Sep-0.819:44:2910°WNW19:45:5312°NW19:47:1610°NNWvisible
14 Sep-1.518:51:1910°WSW18:54:0625°NW18:56:5210°Nvisible












Passes from Brisbane

10 Sep-0.919:39:3210°SW19:40:0814°SW19:40:0814°SWvisible
11 Sep-2.818:47:5310°SSW18:50:5231°SE18:50:5231°SEvisible
12 Sep-1.619:32:2210°WSW19:34:2826°W19:34:2826°Wvisible
13 Sep-3.718:40:0910°SW18:43:3079°NW18:45:3022°NEvisible
14 Sep-0.519:27:3510°WNW19:27:4110°NW19:27:4610°NWvisible
15 Sep-1.418:33:1210°WSW18:35:5322°NW18:38:3310°Nvisible

Passes from Darwin
10 Sep-0.919:39:3210°SW19:40:0814°SW19:40:0814°SWvisible
11 Sep-2.818:47:5310°SSW18:50:5231°SE18:50:5231°SEvisible
12 Sep-1.619:32:2210°WSW19:34:2826°W19:34:2826°Wvisible
13 Sep-3.718:40:0910°SW18:43:3079°NW18:45:3022°NEvisible
14 Sep-0.519:27:3510°WNW19:27:4110°NW19:27:4610°NWvisible
15 Sep-1.418:33:1210°WSW18:35:5322°NW18:38:3310°Nvisible

Passes from Melbourne

10 Sep-3.619:36:1710°SW19:39:3968°NW19:40:0856°Nvisible
11 Sep-3.618:44:2210°SW18:47:4259°SE18:50:5211°ENEvisible
11 Sep-0.820:22:1810°W20:23:3513°WNW20:23:3513°WNWvisible
12 Sep-1.719:29:1710°WSW19:32:0625°NW19:34:2812°Nvisible
13 Sep-2.918:36:5910°WSW18:40:1550°NW18:43:3010°NNEvisible

Passes from Perth

10 Sep-2.719:09:2210°SSW19:12:2028°SE19:12:5127°ESEvisible
11 Sep-2.419:53:4110°WSW19:56:1838°W19:56:1838°Wvisible
12 Sep-3.919:01:3810°SW19:05:0082°SE19:07:1220°NEvisible
13 Sep-0.919:47:1910°W19:49:1514°NW19:50:5911°NNWvisible
14 Sep-1.918:54:2710°WSW18:57:2631°NW19:00:2410°NNEvisible
16 Sep-0.418:48:5110°WNW18:49:4111°NW18:50:3010°NWvisible

Passes from Sydney
10 Sep-2.119:38:0210°SW19:40:0834°WSW19:40:0834°WSWvisible
11 Sep-3.718:46:0610°SW18:49:2662°SE18:50:5230°ENEvisible
12 Sep-1.519:31:1510°W19:33:4620°NW19:34:2819°NWvisible
13 Sep-2.618:38:4610°WSW18:41:5742°NW18:45:0710°NNEvisible
15 Sep-0.818:32:1510°W18:34:1615°NW18:36:1510°NNWvisible


Passes from Hobart
10 Sep-2.019:36:1110°WSW19:39:0327°NW19:40:0822°NNWvisible
11 Sep-2.918:43:5810°WSW18:47:1449°NW18:50:3010°NEvisible
12 Sep-0.819:30:0610°WNW19:31:2212°NW19:32:3810°NNWvisible
13 Sep-1.318:37:0010°W18:39:3821°NW18:42:1510°Nvisible

When and what you will see is VERY location dependent, so you need to use either Heavens Above or CalSky to get site specific predictions for your location, a small difference in location can mean the difference between the ISS passing over Venus or missing it completely.
 
As always, start looking several minutes before the pass is going to start to get yourself oriented and your eyes dark adapted. Be patient, there may be slight differences in the time of the ISS appearing due to orbit changes not picked up by the predictions. Use the most recent prediction for your site.

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Comments:
Thanks Ian, I found your post just in time to see the ISS go through the triangle as I left work on Thursday night !
 
Oh and I saw you on the telly too !
 
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