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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

 

Yet Another series of Bright ISS passes (6-11 November, 2019)

The ISS passes close to Venus, Antares and Jupiter as seen from Sydney on the evening of Friday 8 November  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 Wednesday 6 November  at at 21:37 ACDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.The ISS passes close to Venus and Jupiter, as seen from Perth on the  evening of Saturday 9 November at 19:51 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 Friday 8 November for Sydney.All sky chart showing local  times from Heavens Above for Wednesday 6 November for Adelaide.All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Saturday 9 November for Perth.

Over the next few days there are a series of  bright ISS passes in the early evening or twilight where the ISS passes close to Venus, Jupiter or Saturn.  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.
06 Nov-2.721:35:5610°WSW21:39:0435°NW21:39:1435°NWvisible
07 Nov-3.620:47:0610°SW20:50:2972°NW20:52:4519°NEvisible
08 Nov-1.021:37:0910°WNW21:38:0911°NW21:39:0910°NWvisible
09 Nov-1.620:47:0310°WSW20:49:4021°NW20:52:1610°Nvisible


Passes from Brisbane (AEST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
06 Nov-2.619:33:0910°SSW19:36:1129°SE19:36:2029°SEvisible
07 Nov-1.718:45:0910°S18:47:2517°SE18:49:4110°Evisible
07 Nov-1.420:21:0810°WSW20:22:4522°W20:22:4522°Wvisible
08 Nov-3.619:32:1310°SW19:35:3669°NW19:36:2048°NNEvisible
09 Nov-3.418:43:3710°SSW18:46:5653°SE18:49:5912°ENEvisible
10 Nov-1.319:32:2710°W19:34:4417°NW19:36:3712°NNWvisible
11 Nov-2.318:43:0310°WSW18:46:1035°NW18:49:1510°NNEvisible


Passes from Hobart (AEDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
06 Nov-3.220:29:1210°WSW20:32:3252°NW20:35:5010°NEvisible
07 Nov-1.021:18:5310°WNW21:20:0912°NW21:21:2510°NNWvisible


Passes from Melbourne (AEDST)


 
Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
06 Nov-3.420:29:3710°SW20:32:5956°SE20:36:1910°ENEvisible
06 Nov-1.222:07:3510°W22:09:1414°NW22:09:1414°NWvisible
07 Nov-1.921:18:0310°WSW21:20:5324°NW21:22:4516°Nvisible
08 Nov-2.920:29:0310°WSW20:32:2045°NW20:35:3410°NNEvisible
10 Nov-1.120:29:2310°W20:31:2515°NW20:33:2610°NNWvisible
 
Passes from Perth (AWST)



Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
06 Nov-2.720:39:2110°WSW20:42:0842°WNW20:42:0842°WNWvisible
07 Nov-3.819:50:3710°SW19:54:0184°SE19:55:3928°NEvisible
08 Nov-1.120:40:0510°W20:41:4413°NW20:42:0913°NWvisible
09 Nov-1.919:50:2310°WSW19:53:1425°NW19:55:4811°Nvisible



Passes from Sydney (AEDST)


Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
06 Nov-3.520:31:2110°SW20:34:4358°SE20:36:2027°ENEvisible
07 Nov-1.721:20:0210°W21:22:3320°NW21:22:4520°NWvisible
08 Nov-2.620:30:5110°WSW20:34:0238°NW20:36:2016°NNEvisible
10 Nov-0.920:31:5210°WNW20:33:0512°NW20:34:1810°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 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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