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Friday, October 18, 2019

 

Another Set of Early Evening Bright International Space Sation Passes (18- 25 October, 2019)

The ISS passes close to Jupiter as seen from Sydney on the evening of Saturday 19 October  at 20:33 AEDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.The ISS passes above Jupiter as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Friday 18 October  at at 20:49 ACDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.The ISS passes close to Saturn, as seen from Perth on the  evening of Friday 18 October at 19:52 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 Saturday 19 October for Sydney.All sky chart showing local  times from Heavens Above for Friday 18 October for Adelaide.All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Friday 18 October for Perth.

Over the next few days there are a series of very bright ISS passes in the early evening or twilight where the ISS passes close to Jupiter or Saturn. For most cities the best passes are on the 18th (Jupiter, Saturn) or the 21st (Jupiter, Mercury and Venus). For Brisbane and Sydney the 19th and 20th are best. Some are in twilight but the passes are very bright and will be well worth watching for.

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.
17 Oct-3.104:56:5719°SW04:59:1257°SE05:02:3410°ENEvisible
17 Oct-1.321:35:4310°WNW21:36:3717°WNW21:36:3717°WNWvisible
18 Oct-1.404:11:5224°ESE04:11:5224°ESE04:13:4010°ENEvisible
18 Oct-2.405:44:5312°W05:47:0921°NW05:49:4810°Nvisible
18 Oct-3.820:47:1210°NW20:50:3164°NE20:52:1526°ESEvisible
19 Oct-2.205:00:1924°N05:00:1924°N05:01:5510°NNEvisible
19 Oct-3.019:59:0110°NNW20:02:0232°NE20:05:0610°ESEvisible
19 Oct-1.321:36:0210°W21:38:4823°SSW21:40:2517°Svisible
20 Oct-2.220:46:5710°WNW20:50:0738°SW20:53:2010°SSEvisible
21 Oct-3.419:58:0910°NW20:01:3171°SW20:04:5410°SEvisible
21 Oct-0.521:37:3410°SW21:38:4611°SSW21:39:5910°Svisible
22 Oct-0.820:47:4310°WSW20:49:5816°SSW20:52:1310°SSEvisible
23 Oct-1.319:58:2210°W20:01:1325°SSW20:04:0510°SSEvisible
25 Oct-0.719:59:4410°SW20:01:0912°SSW20:02:3410°Svisible


Passes from Brisbane (AEST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
17 Oct-3.804:29:3310°SW04:32:5770°NW04:36:1910°NEvisible
17 Oct-3.519:30:0310°NW19:33:2266°SW19:33:3464°SSWvisible
18 Oct-3.003:41:5216°SSW03:44:2453°SE03:47:4410°NEvisible
18 Oct-3.718:41:3410°NNW18:44:5054°NE18:48:0910°SEvisible
18 Oct-0.420:20:4210°SW20:21:4811°SW20:22:1511°SSWvisible
19 Oct-1.102:57:1619°E02:57:1619°E02:58:4410°ENEvisible
19 Oct-2.104:30:1911°W04:32:2017°NW04:34:3910°Nvisible
19 Oct-1.019:30:3410°W19:33:0419°SW19:35:3510°Svisible
20 Oct-1.703:46:0616°N03:46:0616°N03:47:0110°NNEvisible
20 Oct-2.018:41:1810°WNW18:44:2435°SW18:47:3210°SSEvisible
22 Oct-0.518:42:4510°WSW18:44:1212°SW18:45:4010°SSWvisible


Passes from Hobart (AEDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
17 Oct-2.103:53:5831°E03:53:5831°E03:55:5810°ENEvisible
17 Oct-2.305:26:5713°W05:29:0420°NW05:31:3910°Nvisible
18 Oct-2.404:41:5225°N04:41:5225°N04:43:4510°NNEvisible
18 Oct-2.821:20:0410°NW21:22:1433°NNW21:22:1433°NNWvisible
19 Oct-2.820:31:5510°NNW20:34:5229°NE20:37:2513°Evisible
19 Oct-2.022:08:1510°W22:10:2531°WSW22:10:2531°WSWvisible
20 Oct-3.421:19:3110°WNW21:22:5365°SSW21:25:0320°SEvisible
20 Oct-0.522:57:2310°WSW22:58:0113°WSW22:58:0113°WSWvisible
21 Oct-3.820:30:5610°NW20:34:1877°NE20:37:4410°ESEvisible
21 Oct-1.622:08:2610°WSW22:11:2025°SSW22:12:1123°Svisible
22 Oct-2.021:19:3010°W21:22:3732°SSW21:25:4610°SEvisible
22 Oct-0.722:57:3510°SW22:58:5716°SSW22:58:5716°SSWvisible
23 Oct-2.620:30:3910°WNW20:33:5545°SSW20:37:1510°SEvisible
23 Oct-1.222:08:4210°SW22:11:1720°S22:12:3416°SSEvisible
24 Oct-1.321:19:4510°WSW21:22:2922°SSW21:25:1510°SEvisible
24 Oct-0.822:57:2710°SW22:58:5617°SSW22:58:5617°SSWvisible
25 Oct-1.620:30:4710°WSW20:33:4426°SSW20:36:4110°SEvisible
25 Oct-1.322:08:4610°SW22:11:1719°S22:12:1817°SSEvisible
26 Oct-1.221:19:5710°SW21:22:2719°S21:24:5810°SEvisible
26 Oct-1.022:57:0110°SW22:58:2919°SSW22:58:2919°SSWvisible


Passes from Melbourne (AEDST)


Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
17 Oct-0.903:53:5919°ESE03:53:5919°ESE03:55:3510°Evisible
17 Oct-3.505:26:5714°WSW05:29:4146°NW05:32:5810°NNEvisible
17 Oct-1.820:32:2010°NNE20:33:3314°NE20:33:3314°NEvisible
18 Oct-3.304:41:5155°NE04:41:5155°NE04:44:3610°NEvisible
18 Oct-3.921:18:4310°NW21:22:0585°NE21:22:1579°ESEvisible
19 Oct-1.605:30:1913°NNW05:30:1913°NNW05:31:0610°NNWvisible
19 Oct-3.420:30:2210°NNW20:33:3444°NE20:36:5110°ESEvisible
19 Oct-1.322:07:4110°W22:10:2523°SSW22:10:2523°SSWvisible
20 Oct-2.121:18:3710°W21:21:4534°SSW21:24:5410°SEvisible
21 Oct-3.120:29:4610°WNW20:33:0658°SW20:36:2910°SEvisible
21 Oct-0.622:08:4510°SW22:10:2613°SSW22:12:0910°Svisible
22 Oct-0.821:19:1610°WSW21:21:3717°SSW21:23:5910°SSEvisible
23 Oct-1.320:30:0110°W20:32:5124°SSW20:35:4310°SSEvisible
24 Oct-0.521:20:4610°SSW21:21:4011°SSW21:22:3610°Svisible
25 Oct-0.820:31:0010°SW20:32:4914°SSW20:34:3710°SSEvisible

Passes from Perth (AWST)


Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
17 Oct-2.403:59:5613°SSW04:02:4241°SE04:05:5710°ENEvisible
17 Oct-1.919:03:1210°NNE19:05:0614°NE19:06:3711°Evisible
17 Oct-1.320:38:2310°WNW20:39:4020°W20:39:4020°Wvisible
18 Oct-1.103:14:5221°ESE03:14:5221°ESE03:16:5110°Evisible
18 Oct-2.704:47:5310°WSW04:50:4426°NW04:53:3510°Nvisible
18 Oct-3.719:49:3610°NW19:52:5776°SW19:55:1619°SEvisible
19 Oct-2.804:03:2135°N04:03:2135°N04:05:3410°NNEvisible
19 Oct-3.619:01:1010°NNW19:04:2551°NE19:07:4310°SEvisible
19 Oct-0.620:39:2110°WSW20:41:2315°SSW20:43:2410°Svisible
20 Oct-1.319:49:5110°W19:52:3924°SW19:55:2810°SSEvisible
21 Oct-2.319:00:4610°WNW19:03:5842°SW19:07:1310°SSEvisible
22 Oct-0.319:52:0210°SW19:52:3510°SSW19:53:0810°SSWvisible
23 Oct-0.819:01:3610°WSW19:03:4616°SSW19:05:5710°Svisible

Passes from Sydney (AEDST)


Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
18 Oct-3.904:41:5242°SW04:42:5379°NW04:46:1710°NEvisible
18 Oct-2.419:43:1610°N19:45:5421°NE19:48:3310°ESEvisible
18 Oct-1.721:19:2910°W21:22:1529°SW21:22:1529°SWvisible
19 Oct-0.903:57:1613°ENE03:57:1613°ENE03:57:4010°ENEvisible
19 Oct-1.705:30:1912°WNW05:30:4212°NW05:32:0010°NNWvisible
19 Oct-3.020:30:3410°WNW20:33:5253°SW20:37:1210°SEvisible
20 Oct-3.819:41:5710°NW19:45:1878°NE19:48:4110°SEvisible
20 Oct-0.621:20:4210°WSW21:22:2413°SSW21:24:0810°Svisible
21 Oct-1.020:31:0310°W20:33:3720°SSW20:36:1210°SSEvisible
22 Oct-1.819:41:5110°WNW19:44:5532°SW19:48:0110°SSEvisible
24 Oct-0.719:42:5510°WSW19:44:4714°SSW19:46:4010°Svisible

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 planets 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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