Uploaded on April 22, 2012 by RichardB1983 Powered by YouTube
The International Space Station, ISS, passes by, viewed from my street in Cheshire. The ISS was 392km (244 miles) above the Earth's surface, orbiting roughly once every 95 minutes at a speed of 8km per second (5 miles per second) - about 28,800 km/h or 17,500 mph.
On this particular pass, the station was 744 km (462 miles) away at its closest point - and had moved away to 1,068 km (664 miles) away when it moved into the shadow of the Earth and faded into invisibility at the end of the video. A Progress cargo ship had just docked with the station a couple of hours earlier.
The space station can get extremely bright - several times brighter than the brightest star in the sky. This, coupled with its silent steady movement, means that it's easy to see why many people mistake it for a UFO.
To see if the ISS is visible where you are, go to http://heavens-above.com/ and put in your location. There is a link on the main page where it will show you if a pass is visible, what time to look, what direction, and how high up. It is usually so bright that you can't miss it.
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