NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) is hovering above Chandigarh these days again. According to NASA’s Spot the Station, the space station will be in sight in Chandigarh till January 1, 2017. It can be witnessed as a bright glowing star passing at a significant speed.
The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Dec 19, 2016 through Sunday Jan 1, 2016.
|Mon Dec 19, 6:05 PM||5 min||26°||11° above NNW||10° above E|
|Mon Dec 19, 7:43 PM||< 1 min||16°||16° above WSW||16° above WSW|
|Tue Dec 20, 6:49 PM||6 min||41°||10° above WNW||11° above SSE|
|Wed Dec 21, 5:57 PM||6 min||79°||11° above NW||10° above SE|
|Thu Dec 22, 6:45 PM||< 1 min||12°||12° above SW||10° above SSW|
|Fri Dec 23, 5:50 PM||5 min||29°||11° above WNW||11° above S|
|Wed Dec 28, 6:57 AM||< 1 min||17°||11° above SSW||17° above SSW|
|Thu Dec 29, 6:06 AM||2 min||26°||11° above S||26° above SE|
|Fri Dec 30, 5:15 AM||< 1 min||11°||10° above SSE||11° above SE|
|Fri Dec 30, 6:50 AM||6 min||37°||10° above WSW||10° above NNE|
|Sat Dec 31, 5:59 AM||5 min||89°||25° above SW||11° above NE|
|Sun Jan 32, 5:10 AM||1 min||19°||19° above ENE||11° above ENE|
|Sun Jan 1, 6:43 AM||4 min||15°||11° above WNW||10° above N|
How Can You Spot The Station?
What does all this sighting information mean?
Time: All sightings will occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky.
Visible is the maximum time period the space station is visible before crossing back below the horizon.
Max Height is measured in degrees (also known as elevation). It represents the height of the space station from the horizon in the night sky. The horizon is at zero degrees, and directly overhead is ninety degrees. If you hold your fist at arm’s length and place your fist resting on the horizon, the top will be about 10 degrees.
Appears is the location in the sky where the station will be visible first. This value, like maximum height, also is measured in degrees from the horizon. The letters represent compass directions — N is north, WNW is west by northwest, and so on.
Disappears represents where in the night sky the International Space Station will leave your field of view.
If you happen to see a fast moving light in the sky, don’t be mistaken to ignore it as an ordinary aircraft. It can be the International Space Station!
Don’t miss it!
Image Credits: Google Images
Coverage: NASA’s Spot the Station