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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This week the Russians will see the ISS in the night sky


Any night from 5 to 13 September, if weather conditions are suitable for this kind of observation, residents of most parts of Russia will be able to see in the sky the International space station. It will look like a fast moving star, and to see the ISS will be to the naked eye. It is reported by the Moscow planetarium.


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Today, February 5, ISS over Moscow can be observed beginning at 18:42 Moscow time. Two minutes later, the station reaches maximum height, and another two out of sight. Brightness station can compete with Jupiter and Venus.

From the stars of the station will differ not only in the rapid movement to the East, but that will not flicker. Its light, like the moon represents reflected sunlight. Most of their path illuminated “point” of the ISS will be white, but at some point, its color can change to red-orange at this time the station crew will watch the sunset.

As noted by astrophysicist Alexander Peshnyak, smartphone owners will be able to find a special application, allowing to trace the location of the ISS in order to find her in the sky. There is also a site that allows you to enter your own coordinates and find out what time the station will fly over the area. On the website of the Moscow planetarium is the table that allows you to see when the ISS will be visible from Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Sochi and Vladivostok.

ISS — international research project, which involved Russia, USA, Japan, Canada and ten countries belonging to the European space Agency. Manned orbital station is operated from 20 November 1998. In 2016, NASA astronaut Tom David Jones, who had made four space flights and four spacewalks, in an interview, MK said that he considers the creation of the International space station one of the most important breakthroughs of mankind in space exploration, and maybe most important it breakthrough since the first landing on the moon.

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