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The ISS (International Space Station) is making some dramatic passes over UK skies during June 2013. It is often bright and high up in the sky in the evenings, making it easy to see. It is also being chased down by the Albert Einstein ATV4 Mission, which is scheduled to dock with the ISS on Saturday 15th June 2013.
The Albert Einstein ATV4 Mission
The Albert Einstein ATV4 is an unmanned spacecraft under the command of the European Space Agency (ESA). Its mission is to re-supply the International Space Station with a diverse range of cargo, including food, clothes and oxygen tanks for the astronauts on-board. The ATV4 was launched successfully on an Ariane 5ES rocket from French Guiana on 5th June 2013. During its 10-day journey it will track the ISS, following its orbit around the Earth, until it gets close enough to dock on 15 June. Both the ISS and ATV4 are bright enough to see with the naked eye, and so we can all enjoy the spectacle of the ATV4 getting closer and closer to the ISS over the next few nights. IMAGE CREDIT : ESA
How to See the ISS and ATV4 from your Back Garden
Below I’ve listed the dates and times for ISS passes and ATV4 passes in June 2013. These are all correct (or to within a minute and a half of correct) for all locations in Southern Britain.
As you’ll see prime time to see both the ISS and ATV4 really close to each other is on Friday 14th June. The penultimate opportunity is the best as the ISS passes almost directly overhead at 21h 53m (British Summer Time). Just over one minute later in the fading twilight the fainter ATV4 follows it overhead on its way to docking. The last pass you’ll see of both of them together is between 23h 24m and 23h 30m on the Friday night. Look about 60-degrees up towards the south-west to see both the ISS and ATV4 move across the sky from West to South-East. The two craft will be pass the same points in the sky within less than a minute of each other.
June ISS Passes – Dates and Times (BST for UK)
Note: ISS travels from the west to east across the sky
ISS @ 23:30 to 23:41. Overhead at 23:36
ATV4 @ 00:36 to 00:45. Overhead at 00:41
ISS @ 22:41 to 22:52. Max Altitude 65º S at 22:47
ATV4 @ 22:56 to 23:04. Max Altitude 52º S at 23:00
ISS @ 21:52 to 22:03. Max Altitude 50º SSE at 21:58
ATV4 @ 22:50 to 22:59. Max Altitude 70º SSE at 22:55
ISS @ 22:40 to 22:50. Overhead at 22:45
ATV4 @ 22:46 to 22:54. Overhead at 22:50
ATV4 @ 22:43 to 22:52. Overhead at 22:48
ISS @ 23:27 to 23:37. Overhead at 23:33
ISS @ 22:38 to 22:49. Overhead at 22:44
ATV4 @ 22:52 to 23:00. Overhead at 22:57
ISS @ 21:49 to 22:00. Overhead at 21:55
ATV4 @ 22:58 to 23:04. Overhead at 23:01
ISS @ 22:37 to 22:46. Overhead at 22:42
ATV4 @ 23:06 to 23:12. Overhead at 23:10
ISS @ 21:48 to 21:58. Overhead at 21:54
ATV4 @ 21:50 to 21:59. Overhead at 21:55
ISS @ 23:24 to 23:31. Max Altitude 42º SSW at 23:30
ATV4 @ 23:26 to 23:33. Max Altitude 52º SSW at 23:31
ISS with ATV4 Docked @ 22:35 to 22:44. Max Altitude 57º SSW at 22:41
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