ISS is to be seen as the brightest moving star; keep a close eye on the glittering specks in the sky
UAE: Sultan Al Neyadi, UAE astronaut along with his Crew-6 members are currently on the International Space Station (ISS). Despite being 400 kilometres from Earth, orbiting laboratory where they will reside for the following six months can be seen in the sky.
According to Mohammad Shawkat Odeh, the director of the International Astronomic Centre (IAC), many individuals must have already seen it up there but were unaware that it was the ISS.
Muhammad commented on Khaleej Times that, the ISS takes 91 minutes to complete an orbit; I estimate that 90% of people on Earth have seen it. Except that some individuals are unaware that they have seen it.
An artificial satellite in low-Earth orbit is called the space station which operates as a research lab and is the most significant artificial object in the solar system. It is jointly run by the space agencies of the US, Russia, Japan, Europe, and Canada.
It is really bright and seems like a moving star in the sky, continued Mohammad. Typically, it is visible every day at dawn or dusk. Since it requires the sun’s reflection, it cannot be seen at midnight. Up to two or three hours following sunset is the best time to watch for the ISS. Also, it will be seen between three hours and half an hour before sunrise.
The satellite will not be visible during the next few days in the UAE despite orbiting Earth every day. The ISS can be seen for the first time on March 9, according to Mohammed.
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On Thursday, March 9, at 5.45 am ISS will be visible in the sky for 4 minutes. “It will be visible in the western sky; he said and will appear as a bright moving object.”
The satellite will, however, be at its brightest on March 11. Early at 5.44 am, it will be visible for around 7 minutes in the west, an expert predicted.
It will appear in the sky as extremely bright and magnificent. That will be one of the ISS’s brightest ever passes.
During their six-month stay on the ISS, the members of Crew-6 will carry out a total of 250 research projects. In addition to the jobs assigned by NASA and the orbiting station maintenance, Al Neyadi will carry out at least 20 studies.
The ISS will be visible in the evening sky again on March 12th. Mohammed predicted that it would only be seen for two minutes around 7.55 p.m.
The easiest way to find the satellite, in his opinion, is to keep an eye on the sky. It will appear to be the brightest moving star, he predicted. It usually lasts for 4-5 minutes, but it can last up to 10 minutes and appears mostly amid the sky.