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The International Space Station (ISS) will be visible to residents of Gauteng three times this week and Gauteng Weather shares just how you can spot it!


Gauteng, South Africa (07 September 2020) – Gauteng Weather don’t only share weather updates, they also help us see some pretty cool stuff!

This week they shared the information about being able to spot the International Space Station (ISS) with the naked eye.

The International Space Station has been supporting constant human life for 20 years now, with the official birthday celebration taking place in 56 days time.

“The week of August 31, crew members aboard the International Space Station conducted scientific studies on monitoring spacecraft air, autonomous robots, and predicting spacecraft charging events.

Now in its 20th year of continuous human presence, the space station provides a platform for long-duration research in microgravity and for learning to live and work in space. Experience gained on the orbiting lab supports Artemis, NASA’s program to go forward to the Moon and on to Mars.”

You can read a breakdown of the research here.

Every once in awhile conditions line up perfectly and we are able to see the ISS zoom past with the naked eye. This week, in Gauteng, there are 4 chances (the 6th has already past). Naturally, the sighting is weather permitting so if it is a clear darkish evening, you will see it.

Gauteng Weather shared the helpful information below.

6 Sep
Appears: 11°above SW
Disappears: 24°above SSW

7 Sep
11°above SSW
28°above ESE

8 Sep
Appears: 21°above W
Disappears: 24°above NW

9 Sep
18°above WSW
11°above NNE

VISIBILITY: With naked eye, seen as a moving non-flickering ‘star’ in the night sky!

Will you be trying to spot it over the next three evenings? Not in Gauteng? You can track the ISS here and find out when it will be visible to you.

Sources: Various (Linked Above)
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