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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

 

A Nice Series of Bright International Space Sation Passes (7- 15 March 2018)

The ISS passes close to the bright star Rigel, above Orion's Belt as seen from Sydney on the evening of Sunday 10 March at 20:40 AEDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.The ISS passes near the bright star Canopus, as seen from Adelaide on the  evening of Saturday 9 March at 20:58 ACDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.The ISS passes below the bright star Canopus, as seen from Perth on the  evening of Saturday 9 March at 20:02 AWST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), the inset shows the binocular view of the close pass.click to embiggen.
All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Sunday 10 March for Sydney.All sky chart showing local  times from Heavens Above for Saturday 9 March for Adelaide.All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Saturday 9 March for Perth.

Over the next few days there are a series of very bright ISS passes in the evening where the ISS passes close to Canopus (Adelaide 9th, Brisbane 8th, Melbourne 7th and 10th, Sydney 11th, Darwin 13th), the Southern Cross  (Adelaide 7th,10th, Brisbane 11th, Melbourne 8th, Sydney 8th and 9th), Mars (Adelaide 11th, (includes Moon)) and some other iconic stars and constellations (Orion, Sydney 10th, Darwin 15th).

The following tables are from data provided from Heavens Above.

Passes from Adelaide (ACDST)


Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
06 Mar-1.721:52:1010°SW21:53:5126°SSW21:53:5126°SSWvisible
07 Mar-2.621:01:2410°SSW21:04:2429°SE21:04:5527°SEvisible
08 Mar-1.820:10:4810°SSW20:13:1318°SSE20:15:3610°ESEvisible
08 Mar-2.021:46:4210°WSW21:48:4832°W21:48:4832°Wvisible
09 Mar-3.920:55:3610°SW20:58:5978°SE21:00:0241°ENEvisible
10 Mar-3.020:04:4210°SSW20:07:5438°SE20:11:0410°ENEvisible
10 Mar-1.221:42:0110°W21:44:0716°NW21:44:0716°NWvisible
11 Mar-2.320:50:1610°WSW20:53:2033°NW20:55:3515°Nvisible
12 Mar-3.519:58:5910°SW20:02:2172°NW20:05:4010°NEvisible
13 Mar-0.820:46:1310°WNW20:47:2712°NW20:48:4110°NNWvisible

Passes from Brisbane (AEST)
06 Mar-3.420:45:4110°SW20:49:0255°SSE20:51:0720°ENEvisible
06 Mar-1.022:22:4710°W22:23:5116°W22:23:5116°Wvisible
07 Mar-2.721:31:2210°WSW21:34:3136°NW21:34:5535°NNWvisible
08 Mar-3.520:40:1210°WSW20:43:3467°NW20:46:0417°NEvisible
09 Mar-1.321:26:4010°W21:28:4516°NW21:30:0213°NNWvisible
10 Mar-1.920:34:5810°WSW20:37:5427°NW20:40:4710°NNEvisible
12 Mar-0.820:30:4810°WNW20:32:0012°NW20:33:1310°NNWvisible

Passes from Darwin (ACST)
12 Mar-1.520:38:4910°SSW20:39:5619°SSW20:39:5619°SSWvisible
13 Mar-2.319:48:2210°S19:51:0021°SE19:51:4120°ESEvisible
14 Mar-2.220:33:2210°WSW20:36:2131°NW20:36:2431°NWvisible
15 Mar-3.819:42:0010°SW19:45:1989°WNW19:48:3011°NEvisible


Passes from Melbourne (AEDST)
06 Mar-2.020:46:3310°SSW20:49:1521°SSE20:51:0714°ESEvisible
06 Mar-1.022:22:4410°WSW22:23:5119°WSW22:23:5119°WSWvisible
07 Mar-3.821:31:3810°SW21:34:5581°S21:34:5581°Svisible
08 Mar-3.220:40:4310°SW20:43:5943°SE20:46:0419°Evisible
08 Mar-0.822:17:5810°W22:18:4814°W22:18:4814°Wvisible
09 Mar-2.521:26:2110°WSW21:29:2634°NW21:30:0231°NNWvisible
10 Mar-3.520:35:0610°SW20:38:2869°NW20:41:2213°NEvisible
11 Mar-0.921:22:0410°W21:23:3613°NW21:25:0910°NNWvisible
12 Mar-1.620:29:5710°WSW20:32:4424°NW20:35:3010°Nvisible

Passes from Perth (AWST)
06 Mar-1.020:55:3710°SSW20:56:3517°SSW20:56:3517°SSWvisible
07 Mar-2.020:05:0210°SSW20:07:4021°SE20:07:4021°SEvisible
08 Mar-1.419:14:5110°S19:16:2813°SSE19:18:0610°ESEvisible
08 Mar-1.420:50:0110°SW20:51:3325°WSW20:51:3325°WSWvisible
09 Mar-3.619:59:0010°SW20:02:2056°SE20:02:4750°ESEvisible
10 Mar-2.519:08:1510°SSW19:11:1328°SE19:14:0710°Evisible
10 Mar-1.220:45:0710°W20:46:5318°WNW20:46:5318°WNWvisible
11 Mar-2.719:53:3110°WSW19:56:4342°NW19:58:2123°Nvisible
12 Mar-3.819:02:2010°SW19:05:4384°SE19:09:0210°NEvisible
13 Mar-0.919:49:0510°W19:50:5314°NW19:52:4010°NNWvisible
14 Mar-1.818:57:0110°WSW18:59:5728°NW19:02:5210°Nvisible


Passes from Sydney (AEDST)
06 Mar-1.820:48:3110°SSW20:51:0019°SSE20:51:0719°SEvisible
07 Mar-1.319:58:2010°S19:59:4512°SSE20:01:1010°SEvisible
07 Mar-1.521:33:2210°SW21:34:5525°SW21:34:5525°SWvisible
08 Mar-3.320:42:2810°SW20:45:4343°SE20:46:0441°ESEvisible
09 Mar-2.319:51:4610°SSW19:54:3524°SE19:57:1711°Evisible
09 Mar-1.421:28:1210°WSW21:30:0223°W21:30:0223°Wvisible
10 Mar-3.420:36:5110°SW20:40:1160°NW20:41:2235°NNEvisible
11 Mar-3.719:45:4810°SW19:49:0962°SE19:52:2810°NEvisible
12 Mar-1.320:31:5510°W20:34:2519°NW20:36:5310°Nvisible
13 Mar-2.519:40:1710°WSW19:43:2940°NW19:46:3810°NNEvisible
15 Mar-0.819:35:4810°W19:37:3514°NW19:39:2210°NNWvisible

Passes from Hobart (AEDST)
06 Mar-3.420:45:4110°SW20:49:0255°SSE20:51:0720°ENEvisible
06 Mar-1.022:22:4710°W22:23:5116°W22:23:5116°Wvisible
07 Mar-2.721:31:2210°WSW21:34:3136°NW21:34:5535°NNWvisible
08 Mar-3.520:40:1210°WSW20:43:3467°NW20:46:0417°NEvisible
09 Mar-1.321:26:4010°W21:28:4516°NW21:30:0213°NNWvisible
10 Mar-1.920:34:5810°WSW20:37:5427°NW20:40:4710°NNEvisible
12 Mar-0.820:30:4810°WNW20:32:0012°NW20:33:1310°NNWvisible


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 a star 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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