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Europe set for perfect views of ISS

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  • Joe (uk-ufo) McGonagle
    http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMA64AATME_index_0.html Europe set for perfect views of ISS 13 June 2006 Conditions in Europe are set to be ideal for perfect views
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 14, 2006
      http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMA64AATME_index_0.html

      Europe set for perfect views of ISS
      13 June 2006

      Conditions in Europe are set to be ideal for perfect views of the
      International Space Station (ISS) as it passes overhead up to
      four times a night this coming weekend.

      Provided you know in which direction to look, spotting the ISS
      with the naked eye is not as difficult as it might seem. Although
      the ISS travels at a speed of 7.7 km per second, it is just 400
      km above our heads – and thanks to its large solar panels it is
      one of the brightest objects in the night sky, making it fairly
      easy to spot from when it rises above the horizon in a westerly
      direction, until it sets towards the East.


      <ISS image from Munich Public Observatory>

      The ISS can be photographed from Earth - a team in Munich
      captured this detailed image on 12 June 2006

      The ISS passes over most points on Earth every day, but cannot
      always be seen. Normally the best time for ISS-gazing is just
      before dawn or just after sunset, when the observer is in the
      dark but the ISS is in the Sun. But for two short periods in June
      and December each year, the ISS doesn't pass through Earth's
      shadow at all, and its passes are visible all through the night
      if the sky is clear.

      For most locations in Europe the period of frequent visibility is
      between 17-21 June – although in some places the ISS is already
      making a regular appearance throughout the night.


      <ISS pass time-lapse image>

      Time-lapse image showing the ISS as a trail among the stars

      Send your ISS images

      It is possible to take ISS viewing a step further – some
      enthusiasts take still photographs or make videos as the Station
      passes overhead. A team at the Public Observatory in Munich,
      Germany, use professional equipment to capture spectacularly
      detailed images, some of which even show the Station’s
      communication antennae.

      If you want to photograph the ISS you don’t need such specialist
      equipment used by the team in Munich. Gerhard Holtkamp sent us
      his time-lapse image taken from a location in Western Australia,
      which shows the Station as a trail among the stars.

      Do you plan to photograph the ISS as it passes through the night
      sky? Send your best images to contactesa@... – you could see
      them published on the ESA website.


      Viewing times where you are

      Go to http://www.esa.int/seeiss to find out the best viewing
      times from where you live. Or follow these links for viewing
      times from some of Europe’s major cities:

      <links not active in post - Joe>

      Berlin
      Copenhagen
      Lisbon
      London
      Madrid
      Paris
      Rome
      Stockholm
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