Viewing Times For The International Space Station Over Ireland & Britain

Buzz lightyear, the Moon, Jupiter and the International Space Station, as seen in Co. Mayo last night. Image Brian Wilson

The 500-tonne International Space Station (ISS) will be visible in the skies over Ireland and Britain shortly before 7 pm this evening (Tuesday, 19 February 2013).

The $100billion craft will be visible as an extremely bright 'star' moving across the sky from right to left.  The most expensive object ever built by mankind will take approximately 11 minutes to cross the sky from 6.51 pm to 7.02 pm (maximum height at 6.56 pm).  There will be further viewing opportunities during the next few days (see below chart), including two tomorrow evening.

The International Space Station is the largest spacecraft ever to be put into orbit, and the most expensive thing ever built, at approximately €100 billion. The huge craft is roughly the size of Croke Park, and its massive solar panels reflect sunlight, making it appear extremely bright when seen from Earth. On board the craft at present are five men and one woman - the only six astronauts in space at present.

Track the ISS in real-time HERE.

For more time-lapse imagery, visit the NASA website:

@Cmdr_Hadfield  on board the International Space Station photographed Dublin at night.

Ireland and Britain from space, as seen from the ISS. Image NASA
International Space Station, The Moon and Jupiter over Kildare last night. Image Chris Wild

This image of Ireland was taken on the 28th April 2011 at 18.30 GMT from the International Space Station as it passed over the UK.
The east coast of Ireland, as well as the Welsh coastline, is clearly visible. The weather conditions on the ground at the time were hazy which created this obscure but beautiful capture.