How To Watch The ISS Fly Overhead On Christmas Eve

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If you’re still disappointed that you’ll never see Santa zipping across the skies on Christmas Eve, don’t worry, there’s something infinitely better to gaze upon tonight – at least if you’re in the UK.

People of Britain will be treated to a spectacular view of the International Space Station tonight after darkness falls at around 5.20pm. Provided there are no clouds, it will appear as a bright light traveling in an arc across the twinkling night sky. You don’t need binoculars to be able to spot it, but if you’ve got some, it might be a good time to whip ’em out.

Lucky southerners will be treated to the best view of the ISS, so don’t forget to hop outside at 5:22pm if you want a full three minutes of viewing satisfaction. Londoners need to look up around 35 degrees from the horizon, keeping eyes peeled for a bright object gliding smoothly across the navy backdrop from the West. And since it’s Christmas, you’re even going to be spoilt with a second opportunity to see it just before 7pm. If you live in Cardiff, the ISS will first be around 32 degrees before rising to 53.

Here’s a more detailed guide so that you don’t miss anything:

Happy viewing!

[Via The Metro]

Source: Array

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