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Wednesday, November 04, 2020

 

Bright ISS passes shoot past Saturn and Jupiter (4-11 November, 2020)

The ISS as seen from Melbourne  on the evening of Wednesday 5 November  at 20:46 AEDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.The ISS  as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Saturday 7 November at 20:18 ACDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.The ISS as seen from Perth on the evening of Saturday 7 November at 19:21 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 Wednesday 5 November  for Melbourne .All sky chart showing local  times from Heavens Above for Saturday 7 November for Adelaide.All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Saturday 7 November for Perth.

Over the next few days there are a series of  bright ISS passes in the late evening twilight/early evening. The outstanding passes are when the ISS passes below or through Jupiter and Saturn (See above and Sydney 5th), or Mars (Sydney 6th) and in some sites through the pointers (Adelaide 5th , Brisbane 6th), or very close to these bright stars.

The following tables are from data provided from Heavens Above. Particularly impressive passes are highlighted.

Passes from Adelaide (ACDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
04 Nov-3.821:01:3210°SW21:04:5989°NW21:06:2333°NEvisible
05 Nov-3.220:13:4910°SW20:17:1048°SE20:20:2810°ENEvisible
05 Nov-1.121:51:5310°W21:53:3713°NW21:53:4113°NWvisible
06 Nov-1.921:03:0810°WSW21:05:5924°NW21:08:0614°Nvisible
07 Nov-2.920:14:5810°WSW20:18:1746°NW20:21:3310°NNEvisible


Passes from Brisbane (AEST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
04 Nov-1.418:59:5110°S19:01:4714°SE19:03:2511°ESEvisible
04 Nov-0.820:35:2910°WSW20:36:2316°WSW20:36:2316°WSWvisible
05 Nov-3.719:47:3210°SW19:50:4376°SW19:50:4376°SWvisible
06 Nov-3.218:59:5110°SSW19:03:0944°SE19:05:0820°ENEvisible
07 Nov-1.719:49:2110°WSW19:51:5520°NW19:52:3519°NWvisible
08 Nov-2.619:00:5910°WSW19:04:1340°NW19:07:0912°NNEvisible
10 Nov-0.719:04:3010°WNW19:05:0310°WNW19:05:3610°NWvisible


Passes from Darwin (ACT)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
07 Nov-0.720:54:5210°SW20:55:3315°SW20:55:3315°SWvisible
08 Nov-2.920:07:1610°SSW20:10:0838°SE20:10:0838°SEvisible
09 Nov-1.919:20:1010°S19:22:3718°SE19:24:4711°Evisible
09 Nov-0.620:57:0610°W20:57:4613°W20:57:4613°Wvisible
10 Nov-2.420:08:2310°WSW20:11:2934°NW20:12:3027°NNWvisible
11 Nov-3.719:20:2010°SW19:23:4386°NW19:27:0410°NEvisible
13 Nov-1.019:22:2710°W19:24:3816°NW19:26:4810°NNWvisible

 
Passes from Hobart (AEDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
04 Nov-1.221:32:4910°W21:34:4314°NW21:36:2311°NNWvisible
05 Nov-1.820:44:1710°W20:47:0523°NW20:49:5110°Nvisible


Passes from Melbourne (AEDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
04 Nov-2.321:32:2210°WSW21:35:2430°NW21:36:2325°NNWvisible
05 Nov-3.220:44:2010°WSW20:47:4255°NW20:50:4312°NEvisible
07 Nov-1.320:46:1610°W20:48:3617°NW20:50:5510°Nvisible


Passes from Perth (AWST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
04 Nov-3.720:05:0810°SW20:08:3467°SE20:09:2047°ENEvisible
05 Nov-2.719:17:3110°SSW19:20:4335°SE19:23:4111°ENEvisible
05 Nov-1.120:55:0610°W20:56:3815°WNW20:56:3815°WNWvisible
06 Nov-2.220:06:3310°WSW20:09:3630°NW20:11:0321°Nvisible
07 Nov-3.319:18:2910°SW19:21:5361°NW19:25:1310°NNEvisible
09 Nov-1.119:20:3310°W19:22:4616°NW19:24:5810°NNWvisible



Passes from Sydney (AEDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
04 Nov-2.319:57:2310°SSW20:00:2327°SE20:03:2210°Evisible
04 Nov-1.721:34:1610°WSW21:36:2322°WNW21:36:2322°WNWvisible
05 Nov-3.020:46:0610°WSW20:49:2446°NW20:50:4329°Nvisible
06 Nov-3.719:58:1210°SW20:01:3987°SE20:05:0310°NEvisible
07 Nov-1.120:48:3210°W20:50:1713°NW20:52:0110°NNWvisible
08 Nov-1.819:59:4610°WSW20:02:3825°NW20:05:2710°Nvisible


When and what you will see is VERY location dependent, so you need to use  Heavens Above  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 planet 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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