We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

International Space Station orbiting over New Zealand. Picture taken in Mapua, Tasman Henrico Prins via Flickr/CreativeCommons
Look Out

It's a bird, it's a plane...No it's the International Space Station

The ISS will be visible over Ireland for the next four nights.

THE BIGGEST AND most expensive spacecraft ever put into orbit around Earth will be visible for the next four nights.

Each evening, the International Space Station will rise in the west and blaze through the sky.

Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine David Moore says, “With six astronauts currently on board, the ISS is a very bright object that can’t be missed.

Over the space of a few minutes you will see it rise in the west and blaze through the sky, moving towards the east, before disappearing in Earth’s shadow. We want everyone who can to go out and see it!

The ISS will continue to pass over Ireland every evening until 24 February.

The times it will be visible will be posted online at each afternoon.

Astronomy Ireland is asking anyone who sees the International Space Station to email their sighting report to

Read: Spacewalking astronauts make speedy station repairs>

Read: Japanese robot chats with astronaut on space station>

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.