Have you ever looked at the sky in Norfolk and
seen some bright lights that look like a UFO (Unidentified Flying
Object)? Something that just doesn't seem to be a normal plane?
Chances are that if you have, then you have been
watching the International Space Station pass over head.
Gary Bradshaw took this picture of the space
station in the Norfolk sky
The space station is being built by many different
Although it's not finished, it is already the largest
man-made object in space, measuring about 118 metres across and
96 metres long and almost an acre of solar panels to provide electricity!
How to spot it
If you want to try and spot the station as it
passes overhead at about 400 km, it's actually very easy.
It completes an orbit of the Earth every 90 minutes.
Athough it isn't always visible in the sky, you can see the space
station from Norfolk this month.
You don't need any optical instruments as the space
station is bright enough to be seen with the naked eye. You just
need to know when and where to look.
Log on to www.heavens-above.com
and select your location from the menu and it will tell you when
and where to look.
If you have any pictures of the International Space
Station, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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