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Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Bright ISS Passes Over Australia January 23-27, 2013

The ISS passes over Adelaide at 22:33 ACDST on 22 January 2013. 10 images stacked using ImageJ. Click to embiggen the end sequence shows the ISS passing into Earth's shadow.

Between 23 and 27 January there will be a series of bright passes of the International Space Station that will be visible from most of Australia at reasonable hours of the night, which are quite family friendly.

Details vary considerably between locations. For Adelaide, the best night is Friday 25 January, when the ISS passes close to Jupiter at 21:41 ACDST, for Sydney it is 24 January, when the ISS goes through the Constellation of Orion at 21:27 AEDST. In Brisbane, the ISS passes through Orion at 19:34 AEST on the 27th and in Melbourne the ISS passes close to Jupiter and Aldebaran on the 23rd.

Visit Heavens Above to find the best viewing days and times for your location.

Jupiter and the ISS as seen from Adelaide at 21:41 ACDST. Click to embiggen.

Animation of the ISS pass seen in the image above.

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