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Thursday, December 10, 2020

 

Bright ISS passes through Orion and on the morning of the Geminids (10-19 December, 2020)

The ISS as seen from Brisbane  on the evening of Sunday 13 December  at 19:16:15 AEST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.The ISS  as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Sunday 13 December at 21:21:15 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 Sunday 13 December at 20:24 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 Sunday 13 December  for Brisbane.All sky chart showing local  times from Heavens Above for Sunday 13 December for Adelaide.All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Sunday 13 December 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 Orion's belt (13th, all states except NSW). As well there a number of passes close to bright stars. For the morning of the Geminid Meteor Shower (14th) many locations have bright ISS passes accompanying this as well. There also might be a starlink train as well.

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.
10 Dec-0.505:23:5310°S05:25:3313°SSE05:27:1310°SEvisible
12 Dec-0.300:33:0712°SSW00:33:0712°SSW00:34:3210°Svisible
12 Dec-1.305:24:2810°SSW05:27:3028°SE05:30:3010°Evisible
12 Dec-2.022:04:5210°NNW22:10:1122°ESE22:11:3310°ESEvisible
12 Dec-0.823:42:5110°WSW23:45:1317°SSW23:47:3610°SSEvisible
13 Dec-0.604:37:1410°SSW04:39:4418°SSE04:42:1210°ESEvisible
13 Dec-2.821:17:4310°N21:20:4028°NE21:23:3810°ESEvisible
13 Dec-1.422:54:3010°W22:57:2626°SW23:00:2310°SSEvisible
14 Dec-0.303:50:1310°S03:51:5313°SSE03:53:3210°SEvisible
14 Dec-3.705:25:4110°SW05:29:0887°SE05:32:3310°NEvisible
14 Dec-2.422:06:2610°WNW22:09:4242°SW22:13:0010°SEvisible
15 Dec-2.504:38:0810°SW04:41:2946°SE04:44:4610°ENEvisible
15 Dec-3.621:18:3810°NW21:22:0179°SW21:25:2810°SEvisible
15 Dec-0.222:57:4910°SW22:59:1912°SSW23:00:4810°Svisible
16 Dec-1.503:50:4410°SSW03:53:4428°SE03:56:4410°Evisible
16 Dec-0.522:09:0310°WSW22:11:2617°SSW22:13:4910°SSEvisible
17 Dec-0.803:03:2710°SSW03:05:5618°SSE03:08:2410°ESEvisible
17 Dec-3.604:39:3610°WSW04:42:5548°NW04:46:1210°NNEvisible
17 Dec-1.221:20:4010°W21:23:3626°SW21:26:3310°SSEvisible
18 Dec-0.302:16:2410°S02:18:0213°SSE02:19:4010°SEvisible
18 Dec-3.803:51:5110°SW03:55:1886°SE03:58:4110°NEvisible
19 Dec-0.703:04:1610°SW03:04:2511°SW03:04:2511°SWvisible
19 Dec-0.421:23:5310°SW21:25:2312°SSW21:26:5410°Svisible


Passes from Brisbane (AEST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
12 Dec-3.219:59:1310°NNW20:01:5039°NNE20:01:5039°NNEvisible
12 Dec-0.321:40:1112°SSW21:40:1112°SSW21:41:0710°Svisible
13 Dec-0.904:10:5310°SSW04:13:4123°SE04:16:2810°Evisible
13 Dec-2.519:12:1710°N19:14:5622°NE19:17:3710°ESEvisible
13 Dec-1.120:48:5510°W20:51:3822°SW20:54:2310°SSEvisible
14 Dec-0.303:24:0410°S03:25:5414°SE03:27:4410°ESEvisible
14 Dec-2.320:00:4210°WNW20:03:5540°SW20:07:1010°SSEvisible
15 Dec-3.704:11:5010°SW04:15:1589°SSE04:18:3810°NEvisible
15 Dec-3.719:12:5410°NW19:16:1685°SW19:19:4110°SEvisible
16 Dec-2.403:24:2010°SSW03:27:3742°SE03:30:5110°ENEvisible
16 Dec-0.320:03:5410°WSW20:05:3713°SW20:07:2110°Svisible
17 Dec-1.202:37:0510°SSW02:39:5223°SE02:42:3910°Evisible
17 Dec-2.404:13:5510°WSW04:16:3321°NW04:19:1010°Nvisible
17 Dec-0.819:15:0410°W19:17:4822°SW19:20:3310°SSEvisible
18 Dec-0.401:50:1510°S01:52:0414°SE01:53:5210°ESEvisible
18 Dec-3.403:25:4510°WSW03:29:0042°NW03:32:1310°NNEvisible



Passes from Darwin (ACT)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
12 Dec-1.719:24:4510°NE19:25:5411°ENE19:27:0410°ENEvisible
12 Dec-1.420:59:3710°WNW21:02:2725°SW21:05:1710°Svisible
13 Dec-3.120:11:3210°NW20:14:5056°SW20:18:0910°SSEvisible
15 Dec-0.505:19:0110°S05:21:2718°SE05:23:5110°Evisible
15 Dec-0.220:14:5110°WSW20:16:2212°SW20:17:5310°SSWvisible
17 Dec-3.805:19:3110°SW05:22:5387°WNW05:26:1510°NEvisible
18 Dec-2.304:32:0510°SSW04:35:1538°SE04:38:2510°ENEvisible



Passes from Hobart (AEDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
10 Dec-2.401:04:2641°S01:04:2641°S01:07:1110°SEvisible
10 Dec-1.002:38:3710°WSW02:41:1520°S02:43:5310°SEvisible
10 Dec-1.104:16:0510°SW04:18:5523°SSE04:21:4310°ESEvisible
11 Dec-2.200:17:3931°SE00:17:3931°SE00:19:3810°SEvisible
11 Dec-1.201:50:3910°WSW01:53:2622°SSW01:56:1410°SEvisible
11 Dec-0.903:28:2710°SW03:31:0620°S03:33:4610°ESEvisible
11 Dec-2.223:30:1927°ESE23:30:1927°ESE23:32:0110°ESEvisible
12 Dec-1.501:03:0713°WSW01:05:3926°SSW01:08:3910°SEvisible
12 Dec-0.802:40:4310°SW02:43:1619°S02:45:5010°SEvisible
12 Dec-1.904:17:3410°SW04:20:4835°SSE04:24:0010°Evisible
12 Dec-3.422:40:1135°N22:41:0142°NE22:44:1810°ESEvisible
13 Dec-2.000:14:4310°W00:17:5434°SSW00:21:0510°SEvisible
13 Dec-0.801:52:5310°SW01:55:2619°S01:57:5810°SEvisible
13 Dec-1.403:30:0110°SW03:33:0227°SSE03:36:0310°Evisible
13 Dec-2.721:50:3810°NNW21:53:3026°NE21:56:2510°ESEvisible
13 Dec-2.723:26:5010°WNW23:30:1047°SSW23:33:3210°SEvisible
14 Dec-0.901:04:5610°WSW01:07:3420°S01:10:1310°SEvisible
14 Dec-1.102:42:2510°SW02:45:1523°SSE02:48:0310°ESEvisible
14 Dec-3.504:19:0110°SW04:22:2877°SSE04:25:5410°ENEvisible
14 Dec-3.522:39:0410°WNW22:42:2972°SSW22:45:5610°SEvisible
15 Dec-1.100:16:5610°WSW00:19:4422°SSW00:22:3110°SEvisible
15 Dec-0.901:54:4410°SW01:57:2320°S02:00:0310°ESEvisible
15 Dec-2.703:31:2510°SW03:34:4750°SSE03:38:0810°ENEvisible
15 Dec-3.821:51:2610°NW21:54:5072°NE21:58:1610°ESEvisible
15 Dec-1.423:28:5610°WSW23:31:5427°SSW23:34:5410°SEvisible
16 Dec-0.801:06:5810°SW01:09:3119°S01:12:0510°SEvisible
16 Dec-2.002:43:4910°SW02:47:0335°SSE02:50:1410°Evisible
16 Dec-3.304:20:3810°WSW04:23:5339°NW04:27:0610°NNEvisible
16 Dec-1.922:40:5510°W22:44:0634°SSW22:47:1810°SEvisible
17 Dec-0.800:19:0510°SW00:21:3819°S00:24:1110°SEvisible
17 Dec-1.501:56:1410°SW01:59:1427°SSE02:02:1510°Evisible
17 Dec-3.803:32:5210°WSW03:36:1767°NW03:39:4110°NEvisible
17 Dec-2.521:53:0010°WNW21:56:2047°SSW21:59:4210°SEvisible
17 Dec-0.923:31:0710°WSW23:33:4420°S23:36:2310°SEvisible
18 Dec-1.201:08:3510°SW01:11:2423°SSE01:14:1310°ESEvisible
18 Dec-3.602:45:1010°SW02:48:3876°SSE02:52:0310°ENEvisible
18 Dec-2.004:23:0210°W04:25:0215°NW04:27:0210°NNWvisible
18 Dec-1.022:43:0410°WSW22:45:5122°SSW22:48:3910°SEvisible
19 Dec-1.000:20:5110°SW00:23:3120°S00:26:1010°ESEvisible
19 Dec-2.801:57:3210°SW02:00:5449°SSE02:01:3840°ESEvisible
19 Dec-1.321:55:0110°WSW21:57:5927°SSW22:00:5910°SEvisible
19 Dec-0.923:33:0310°SW23:35:3619°S23:38:0910°SEvisible


Passes from Melbourne (AEDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
10 Dec-0.801:04:2617°SSE01:04:2617°SSE01:05:4010°SSEvisible
11 Dec-0.800:17:3914°SSE00:17:3914°SSE00:18:1610°SEvisible
11 Dec-0.401:51:3510°SSW01:52:3711°SSW01:53:3910°Svisible
11 Dec-0.805:06:0210°SSW05:08:4120°SSE05:11:1910°ESEvisible
11 Dec-1.023:30:1913°SE23:30:1913°SE23:30:4710°SEvisible
12 Dec-0.501:03:0711°SW01:04:4414°SSW01:06:3610°SSEvisible
12 Dec-0.504:18:4610°SSW04:20:5215°SSE04:22:5710°ESEvisible
12 Dec-3.722:40:1161°E22:40:1161°E22:43:1110°SEvisible
13 Dec-0.800:14:2610°WSW00:16:5318°SSW00:19:2110°SSEvisible
13 Dec-0.203:31:3610°S03:32:5912°SSE03:34:2110°SEvisible
13 Dec-2.405:07:1010°SW05:10:3044°SE05:13:4810°ENEvisible
13 Dec-3.321:49:0110°NNW21:52:1238°NE21:55:2510°ESEvisible
13 Dec-1.323:26:1110°W23:29:0425°SSW23:32:0010°SSEvisible
14 Dec-1.504:19:4310°SSW04:22:4628°SSE04:25:4810°Evisible
14 Dec-2.122:38:0710°WNW22:41:1937°SSW22:44:3410°SEvisible
15 Dec0.000:17:5310°SSW00:18:5511°SSW00:19:5710°Svisible
15 Dec-0.803:32:2010°SSW03:34:5820°SSE03:37:3610°ESEvisible
15 Dec-3.705:08:3710°WSW05:12:0158°NW05:15:2210°NEvisible
15 Dec-3.221:50:1410°WNW21:53:3764°SW21:57:0310°SEvisible
15 Dec-0.323:29:0810°SW23:30:5914°SSW23:32:5110°SSEvisible
16 Dec-0.402:45:0210°SSW02:47:0615°SSE02:49:1110°ESEvisible
16 Dec-3.604:20:5610°SW04:24:2377°SE04:27:4810°NEvisible
16 Dec-0.622:40:3910°WSW22:43:0618°SSW22:45:3410°SSEvisible
17 Dec-0.201:57:4910°S01:59:1112°SSE02:00:3210°SEvisible
17 Dec-2.503:33:2210°SW03:36:4244°SE03:39:5910°ENEvisible
17 Dec-2.205:10:5110°W05:13:1518°NW05:15:3710°Nvisible
17 Dec-1.221:52:2110°W21:55:1525°SSW21:58:1010°SSEvisible
18 Dec-1.602:45:5310°SSW02:48:5528°SSE02:51:5710°Evisible
18 Dec-3.004:22:3810°WSW04:25:4331°NW04:28:4710°NNEvisible
18 Dec-0.222:43:5910°SSW22:45:0211°SSW22:46:0510°Svisible
19 Dec-1.101:58:2710°SSW02:01:0520°SSE02:01:3919°SEvisible
19 Dec-0.521:55:1210°SW21:57:0414°SSW21:58:5610°SSEvisible


Passes from Perth (AWST)


Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
12 Dec-0.704:28:2110°SSW04:31:0221°SE04:33:4010°Evisible
12 Dec-3.921:07:1710°NW21:10:4089°NE21:14:0610°SEvisible
12 Dec-0.222:46:5510°SW22:47:5411°SSW22:48:5410°SSWvisible
13 Dec-0.303:41:2710°S03:43:1313°SSE03:44:5910°ESEvisible
13 Dec-3.420:19:5310°NNW20:23:0643°NE20:26:2210°ESEvisible
13 Dec-0.621:57:4610°WSW22:00:0317°SW22:02:2110°Svisible
14 Dec-3.204:29:1810°SW04:32:4364°SE04:36:0610°NEvisible
14 Dec-1.421:09:2110°W21:12:1626°SW21:15:1410°SSEvisible
15 Dec-1.803:41:5210°SSW03:45:0234°SE03:48:1010°ENEvisible
15 Dec-2.520:21:1610°WNW20:24:3346°SW20:27:5210°SSEvisible
16 Dec-0.902:54:3710°SSW02:57:1620°SE02:59:5410°Evisible
16 Dec-3.004:31:0110°WSW04:34:0631°NW04:37:0810°NNEvisible
16 Dec-0.121:13:0510°SW21:14:0711°SSW21:15:0710°SSWvisible
17 Dec-0.302:07:4010°S02:09:2513°SSE02:11:1010°ESEvisible
17 Dec-3.803:43:0710°SW03:46:3164°NW03:49:5210°NEvisible
17 Dec-0.520:23:5610°WSW20:26:1317°SW20:28:3210°Svisible
18 Dec-3.302:55:2710°SW02:58:5263°SE03:02:1410°NEvisible


Passes from Sydney (AEDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
11 Dec-0.423:30:1911°SSE23:30:1911°SSE23:30:3510°SSEvisible
12 Dec-0.304:21:1410°S04:22:3612°SSE04:23:5910°SEvisible
12 Dec-1.721:01:0710°N21:07:58ESE21:01:5013°NNEvisible
12 Dec-2.022:40:1134°SW22:40:1134°SW22:43:1810°SSEvisible
13 Dec-3.321:49:0510°WNW21:52:2762°SW21:55:5210°SEvisible
13 Dec0.023:29:4310°SSW23:29:5110°SSW23:30:0010°SSWvisible
14 Dec-1.304:21:3310°SSW04:24:3126°SE04:27:2710°Evisible
14 Dec-3.821:01:2810°NW21:04:5068°NE21:08:1510°SEvisible
14 Dec-0.422:39:5910°WSW22:41:5714°SSW22:43:5610°Svisible
15 Dec-0.603:34:2110°SSW03:36:4417°SSE03:39:0510°ESEvisible
15 Dec-0.921:51:2610°W21:54:0821°SSW21:56:5010°SSEvisible
16 Dec-0.102:47:2910°S02:48:5112°SSE02:50:1210°SEvisible
16 Dec-3.704:22:4110°SW04:26:0784°SE04:29:3110°NEvisible
16 Dec-1.821:03:1210°WNW21:06:2134°SW21:09:3210°SSEvisible
17 Dec-2.503:35:0810°SW03:38:2644°SE03:41:4310°ENEvisible
17 Dec0.121:55:4510°SSW21:56:0110°SSW21:56:1610°SSWvisible
18 Dec-1.502:47:4310°SSW02:50:4026°SE02:53:3710°Evisible
18 Dec-2.704:24:3110°WSW04:27:2526°NW04:30:1710°Nvisible
18 Dec-0.421:06:0610°WSW21:08:0514°SSW21:10:0410°Svisible
19 Dec-0.602:00:2910°SSW02:01:3915°S02:01:3915°Svisible


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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