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Look up above: International Space Station visible over Ireland tonight

The space station will be visible in the night sky later tonight.

Part of the ISS and Earth photographed from the spacecraft.
Part of the ISS and Earth photographed from the spacecraft.
Image: AP Photo/NASA

THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE Station will be the brightest object in the night sky later tonight.

Astronomy Ireland says that the €100 billion spacecraft, which is the size of Croke Park, will be visible as it soars through the southern sky tonight with it at its most brightest at 11.16pm exactly.

The ISS has been visible in the Irish skies in recent months and orbits some 350 kilometres above the surface of the planet.

Its solar panels reflect sunlight making it appear extremely bright when seen from earth.

David Moore, Chairman of Astronomy Ireland, said: “The International Space Station is a stunning sight in the night sky. We want everyone to go outside tonight and see for themselves this breathtaking achievement of human technology.”

Times at which the ISS is passing over Ireland can be found on Astonomy Ireland’s website. It also runs a text service which reminds you of when the station is passing over head and is visible.

Want to write to the International Space Station? Here’s the address…

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