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Bright ISS passes through Orion and on the morning of the Geminids (10-19 December, 2020)

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The ISS as seen from Brisbane  on the evening of Sunday 13 December  at 19:16:15 AEST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS  as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Sunday 13 December at 21:21:15 ACDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS as seen from Perth on the evening of Sunday 13 December at 20:24 AWST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.
All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Sunday 13 December  for Brisbane. All sky chart showing local  times from Heavens Above for Sunday 13 December for Adelaide. All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Sunday 13 December for Perth.

Over the next few days there are a series of  bright ISS passes in the late evening twilight/early evening. The outstanding passes are when the ISS passes below or through Orion’s belt (13th, all states except NSW). As well there a number of passes close to bright stars. For the morning of the Geminid Meteor Shower (14th) many locations have bright ISS passes accompanying this as well. There also might be a starlink train as well.

The following tables are from data provided from Heavens Above. Particularly impressive passes are highlighted.

Passes from Adelaide (ACDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
10 Dec -0.5 05:23:53 10° S 05:25:33 13° SSE 05:27:13 10° SE visible
12 Dec -0.3 00:33:07 12° SSW 00:33:07 12° SSW 00:34:32 10° S visible
12 Dec -1.3 05:24:28 10° SSW 05:27:30 28° SE 05:30:30 10° E visible
12 Dec -2.0 22:04:52 10° NNW 22:10:11 22° ESE 22:11:33 10° ESE visible
12 Dec -0.8 23:42:51 10° WSW 23:45:13 17° SSW 23:47:36 10° SSE visible
13 Dec -0.6 04:37:14 10° SSW 04:39:44 18° SSE 04:42:12 10° ESE visible
13 Dec -2.8 21:17:43 10° N 21:20:40 28° NE 21:23:38 10° ESE visible
13 Dec -1.4 22:54:30 10° W 22:57:26 26° SW 23:00:23 10° SSE visible
14 Dec -0.3 03:50:13 10° S 03:51:53 13° SSE 03:53:32 10° SE visible
14 Dec -3.7 05:25:41 10° SW 05:29:08 87° SE 05:32:33 10° NE visible
14 Dec -2.4 22:06:26 10° WNW 22:09:42 42° SW 22:13:00 10° SE visible
15 Dec -2.5 04:38:08 10° SW 04:41:29 46° SE 04:44:46 10° ENE visible
15 Dec -3.6 21:18:38 10° NW 21:22:01 79° SW 21:25:28 10° SE visible
15 Dec -0.2 22:57:49 10° SW 22:59:19 12° SSW 23:00:48 10° S visible
16 Dec -1.5 03:50:44 10° SSW 03:53:44 28° SE 03:56:44 10° E visible
16 Dec -0.5 22:09:03 10° WSW 22:11:26 17° SSW 22:13:49 10° SSE visible
17 Dec -0.8 03:03:27 10° SSW 03:05:56 18° SSE 03:08:24 10° ESE visible
17 Dec -3.6 04:39:36 10° WSW 04:42:55 48° NW 04:46:12 10° NNE visible
17 Dec -1.2 21:20:40 10° W 21:23:36 26° SW 21:26:33 10° SSE visible
18 Dec -0.3 02:16:24 10° S 02:18:02 13° SSE 02:19:40 10° SE visible
18 Dec -3.8 03:51:51 10° SW 03:55:18 86° SE 03:58:41 10° NE visible
19 Dec -0.7 03:04:16 10° SW 03:04:25 11° SW 03:04:25 11° SW visible
19 Dec -0.4 21:23:53 10° SW 21:25:23 12° SSW 21:26:54 10° S visible

Passes from Brisbane (AEST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
12 Dec -3.2 19:59:13 10° NNW 20:01:50 39° NNE 20:01:50 39° NNE visible
12 Dec -0.3 21:40:11 12° SSW 21:40:11 12° SSW 21:41:07 10° S visible
13 Dec -0.9 04:10:53 10° SSW 04:13:41 23° SE 04:16:28 10° E visible
13 Dec -2.5 19:12:17 10° N 19:14:56 22° NE 19:17:37 10° ESE visible
13 Dec -1.1 20:48:55 10° W 20:51:38 22° SW 20:54:23 10° SSE visible
14 Dec -0.3 03:24:04 10° S 03:25:54 14° SE 03:27:44 10° ESE visible
14 Dec -2.3 20:00:42 10° WNW 20:03:55 40° SW 20:07:10 10° SSE visible
15 Dec -3.7 04:11:50 10° SW 04:15:15 89° SSE 04:18:38 10° NE visible
15 Dec -3.7 19:12:54 10° NW 19:16:16 85° SW 19:19:41 10° SE visible
16 Dec -2.4 03:24:20 10° SSW 03:27:37 42° SE 03:30:51 10° ENE visible
16 Dec -0.3 20:03:54 10° WSW 20:05:37 13° SW 20:07:21 10° S visible
17 Dec -1.2 02:37:05 10° SSW 02:39:52 23° SE 02:42:39 10° E visible
17 Dec -2.4 04:13:55 10° WSW 04:16:33 21° NW 04:19:10 10° N visible
17 Dec -0.8 19:15:04 10° W 19:17:48 22° SW 19:20:33 10° SSE visible
18 Dec -0.4 01:50:15 10° S 01:52:04 14° SE 01:53:52 10° ESE visible
18 Dec -3.4 03:25:45 10° WSW 03:29:00 42° NW 03:32:13 10° NNE visible

Passes from Darwin (ACT)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
12 Dec -1.7 19:24:45 10° NE 19:25:54 11° ENE 19:27:04 10° ENE visible
12 Dec -1.4 20:59:37 10° WNW 21:02:27 25° SW 21:05:17 10° S visible
13 Dec -3.1 20:11:32 10° NW 20:14:50 56° SW 20:18:09 10° SSE visible
15 Dec -0.5 05:19:01 10° S 05:21:27 18° SE 05:23:51 10° E visible
15 Dec -0.2 20:14:51 10° WSW 20:16:22 12° SW 20:17:53 10° SSW visible
17 Dec -3.8 05:19:31 10° SW 05:22:53 87° WNW 05:26:15 10° NE visible
18 Dec -2.3 04:32:05 10° SSW 04:35:15 38° SE 04:38:25 10° ENE visible

Passes from Hobart (AEDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
10 Dec -2.4 01:04:26 41° S 01:04:26 41° S 01:07:11 10° SE visible
10 Dec -1.0 02:38:37 10° WSW 02:41:15 20° S 02:43:53 10° SE visible
10 Dec -1.1 04:16:05 10° SW 04:18:55 23° SSE 04:21:43 10° ESE visible
11 Dec -2.2 00:17:39 31° SE 00:17:39 31° SE 00:19:38 10° SE visible
11 Dec -1.2 01:50:39 10° WSW 01:53:26 22° SSW 01:56:14 10° SE visible
11 Dec -0.9 03:28:27 10° SW 03:31:06 20° S 03:33:46 10° ESE visible
11 Dec -2.2 23:30:19 27° ESE 23:30:19 27° ESE 23:32:01 10° ESE visible
12 Dec -1.5 01:03:07 13° WSW 01:05:39 26° SSW 01:08:39 10° SE visible
12 Dec -0.8 02:40:43 10° SW 02:43:16 19° S 02:45:50 10° SE visible
12 Dec -1.9 04:17:34 10° SW 04:20:48 35° SSE 04:24:00 10° E visible
12 Dec -3.4 22:40:11 35° N 22:41:01 42° NE 22:44:18 10° ESE visible
13 Dec -2.0 00:14:43 10° W 00:17:54 34° SSW 00:21:05 10° SE visible
13 Dec -0.8 01:52:53 10° SW 01:55:26 19° S 01:57:58 10° SE visible
13 Dec -1.4 03:30:01 10° SW 03:33:02 27° SSE 03:36:03 10° E visible
13 Dec -2.7 21:50:38 10° NNW 21:53:30 26° NE 21:56:25 10° ESE visible
13 Dec -2.7 23:26:50 10° WNW 23:30:10 47° SSW 23:33:32 10° SE visible
14 Dec -0.9 01:04:56 10° WSW 01:07:34 20° S 01:10:13 10° SE visible
14 Dec -1.1 02:42:25 10° SW 02:45:15 23° SSE 02:48:03 10° ESE visible
14 Dec -3.5 04:19:01 10° SW 04:22:28 77° SSE 04:25:54 10° ENE visible
14 Dec -3.5 22:39:04 10° WNW 22:42:29 72° SSW 22:45:56 10° SE visible
15 Dec -1.1 00:16:56 10° WSW 00:19:44 22° SSW 00:22:31 10° SE visible
15 Dec -0.9 01:54:44 10° SW 01:57:23 20° S 02:00:03 10° ESE visible
15 Dec -2.7 03:31:25 10° SW 03:34:47 50° SSE 03:38:08 10° ENE visible
15 Dec -3.8 21:51:26 10° NW 21:54:50 72° NE 21:58:16 10° ESE visible
15 Dec -1.4 23:28:56 10° WSW 23:31:54 27° SSW 23:34:54 10° SE visible
16 Dec -0.8 01:06:58 10° SW 01:09:31 19° S 01:12:05 10° SE visible
16 Dec -2.0 02:43:49 10° SW 02:47:03 35° SSE 02:50:14 10° E visible
16 Dec -3.3 04:20:38 10° WSW 04:23:53 39° NW 04:27:06 10° NNE visible
16 Dec -1.9 22:40:55 10° W 22:44:06 34° SSW 22:47:18 10° SE visible
17 Dec -0.8 00:19:05 10° SW 00:21:38 19° S 00:24:11 10° SE visible
17 Dec -1.5 01:56:14 10° SW 01:59:14 27° SSE 02:02:15 10° E visible
17 Dec -3.8 03:32:52 10° WSW 03:36:17 67° NW 03:39:41 10° NE visible
17 Dec -2.5 21:53:00 10° WNW 21:56:20 47° SSW 21:59:42 10° SE visible
17 Dec -0.9 23:31:07 10° WSW 23:33:44 20° S 23:36:23 10° SE visible
18 Dec -1.2 01:08:35 10° SW 01:11:24 23° SSE 01:14:13 10° ESE visible
18 Dec -3.6 02:45:10 10° SW 02:48:38 76° SSE 02:52:03 10° ENE visible
18 Dec -2.0 04:23:02 10° W 04:25:02 15° NW 04:27:02 10° NNW visible
18 Dec -1.0 22:43:04 10° WSW 22:45:51 22° SSW 22:48:39 10° SE visible
19 Dec -1.0 00:20:51 10° SW 00:23:31 20° S 00:26:10 10° ESE visible
19 Dec -2.8 01:57:32 10° SW 02:00:54 49° SSE 02:01:38 40° ESE visible
19 Dec -1.3 21:55:01 10° WSW 21:57:59 27° SSW 22:00:59 10° SE visible
19 Dec -0.9 23:33:03 10° SW 23:35:36 19° S 23:38:09 10° SE visible

Passes from Melbourne (AEDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
10 Dec -0.8 01:04:26 17° SSE 01:04:26 17° SSE 01:05:40 10° SSE visible
11 Dec -0.8 00:17:39 14° SSE 00:17:39 14° SSE 00:18:16 10° SE visible
11 Dec -0.4 01:51:35 10° SSW 01:52:37 11° SSW 01:53:39 10° S visible
11 Dec -0.8 05:06:02 10° SSW 05:08:41 20° SSE 05:11:19 10° ESE visible
11 Dec -1.0 23:30:19 13° SE 23:30:19 13° SE 23:30:47 10° SE visible
12 Dec -0.5 01:03:07 11° SW 01:04:44 14° SSW 01:06:36 10° SSE visible
12 Dec -0.5 04:18:46 10° SSW 04:20:52 15° SSE 04:22:57 10° ESE visible
12 Dec -3.7 22:40:11 61° E 22:40:11 61° E 22:43:11 10° SE visible
13 Dec -0.8 00:14:26 10° WSW 00:16:53 18° SSW 00:19:21 10° SSE visible
13 Dec -0.2 03:31:36 10° S 03:32:59 12° SSE 03:34:21 10° SE visible
13 Dec -2.4 05:07:10 10° SW 05:10:30 44° SE 05:13:48 10° ENE visible
13 Dec -3.3 21:49:01 10° NNW 21:52:12 38° NE 21:55:25 10° ESE visible
13 Dec -1.3 23:26:11 10° W 23:29:04 25° SSW 23:32:00 10° SSE visible
14 Dec -1.5 04:19:43 10° SSW 04:22:46 28° SSE 04:25:48 10° E visible
14 Dec -2.1 22:38:07 10° WNW 22:41:19 37° SSW 22:44:34 10° SE visible
15 Dec 0.0 00:17:53 10° SSW 00:18:55 11° SSW 00:19:57 10° S visible
15 Dec -0.8 03:32:20 10° SSW 03:34:58 20° SSE 03:37:36 10° ESE visible
15 Dec -3.7 05:08:37 10° WSW 05:12:01 58° NW 05:15:22 10° NE visible
15 Dec -3.2 21:50:14 10° WNW 21:53:37 64° SW 21:57:03 10° SE visible
15 Dec -0.3 23:29:08 10° SW 23:30:59 14° SSW 23:32:51 10° SSE visible
16 Dec -0.4 02:45:02 10° SSW 02:47:06 15° SSE 02:49:11 10° ESE visible
16 Dec -3.6 04:20:56 10° SW 04:24:23 77° SE 04:27:48 10° NE visible
16 Dec -0.6 22:40:39 10° WSW 22:43:06 18° SSW 22:45:34 10° SSE visible
17 Dec -0.2 01:57:49 10° S 01:59:11 12° SSE 02:00:32 10° SE visible
17 Dec -2.5 03:33:22 10° SW 03:36:42 44° SE 03:39:59 10° ENE visible
17 Dec -2.2 05:10:51 10° W 05:13:15 18° NW 05:15:37 10° N visible
17 Dec -1.2 21:52:21 10° W 21:55:15 25° SSW 21:58:10 10° SSE visible
18 Dec -1.6 02:45:53 10° SSW 02:48:55 28° SSE 02:51:57 10° E visible
18 Dec -3.0 04:22:38 10° WSW 04:25:43 31° NW 04:28:47 10° NNE visible
18 Dec -0.2 22:43:59 10° SSW 22:45:02 11° SSW 22:46:05 10° S visible
19 Dec -1.1 01:58:27 10° SSW 02:01:05 20° SSE 02:01:39 19° SE visible
19 Dec -0.5 21:55:12 10° SW 21:57:04 14° SSW 21:58:56 10° SSE visible

Passes from Perth (AWST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
12 Dec -0.7 04:28:21 10° SSW 04:31:02 21° SE 04:33:40 10° E visible
12 Dec -3.9 21:07:17 10° NW 21:10:40 89° NE 21:14:06 10° SE visible
12 Dec -0.2 22:46:55 10° SW 22:47:54 11° SSW 22:48:54 10° SSW visible
13 Dec -0.3 03:41:27 10° S 03:43:13 13° SSE 03:44:59 10° ESE visible
13 Dec -3.4 20:19:53 10° NNW 20:23:06 43° NE 20:26:22 10° ESE visible
13 Dec -0.6 21:57:46 10° WSW 22:00:03 17° SW 22:02:21 10° S visible
14 Dec -3.2 04:29:18 10° SW 04:32:43 64° SE 04:36:06 10° NE visible
14 Dec -1.4 21:09:21 10° W 21:12:16 26° SW 21:15:14 10° SSE visible
15 Dec -1.8 03:41:52 10° SSW 03:45:02 34° SE 03:48:10 10° ENE visible
15 Dec -2.5 20:21:16 10° WNW 20:24:33 46° SW 20:27:52 10° SSE visible
16 Dec -0.9 02:54:37 10° SSW 02:57:16 20° SE 02:59:54 10° E visible
16 Dec -3.0 04:31:01 10° WSW 04:34:06 31° NW 04:37:08 10° NNE visible
16 Dec -0.1 21:13:05 10° SW 21:14:07 11° SSW 21:15:07 10° SSW visible
17 Dec -0.3 02:07:40 10° S 02:09:25 13° SSE 02:11:10 10° ESE visible
17 Dec -3.8 03:43:07 10° SW 03:46:31 64° NW 03:49:52 10° NE visible
17 Dec -0.5 20:23:56 10° WSW 20:26:13 17° SW 20:28:32 10° S visible
18 Dec -3.3 02:55:27 10° SW 02:58:52 63° SE 03:02:14 10° NE visible

Passes from Sydney (AEDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
11 Dec -0.4 23:30:19 11° SSE 23:30:19 11° SSE 23:30:35 10° SSE visible
12 Dec -0.3 04:21:14 10° S 04:22:36 12° SSE 04:23:59 10° SE visible
12 Dec -1.7 21:01:07 10° N 21:07:58 ESE 21:01:50 13° NNE visible
12 Dec -2.0 22:40:11 34° SW 22:40:11 34° SW 22:43:18 10° SSE visible
13 Dec -3.3 21:49:05 10° WNW 21:52:27 62° SW 21:55:52 10° SE visible
13 Dec 0.0 23:29:43 10° SSW 23:29:51 10° SSW 23:30:00 10° SSW visible
14 Dec -1.3 04:21:33 10° SSW 04:24:31 26° SE 04:27:27 10° E visible
14 Dec -3.8 21:01:28 10° NW 21:04:50 68° NE 21:08:15 10° SE visible
14 Dec -0.4 22:39:59 10° WSW 22:41:57 14° SSW 22:43:56 10° S visible
15 Dec -0.6 03:34:21 10° SSW 03:36:44 17° SSE 03:39:05 10° ESE visible
15 Dec -0.9 21:51:26 10° W 21:54:08 21° SSW 21:56:50 10° SSE visible
16 Dec -0.1 02:47:29 10° S 02:48:51 12° SSE 02:50:12 10° SE visible
16 Dec -3.7 04:22:41 10° SW 04:26:07 84° SE 04:29:31 10° NE visible
16 Dec -1.8 21:03:12 10° WNW 21:06:21 34° SW 21:09:32 10° SSE visible
17 Dec -2.5 03:35:08 10° SW 03:38:26 44° SE 03:41:43 10° ENE visible
17 Dec 0.1 21:55:45 10° SSW 21:56:01 10° SSW 21:56:16 10° SSW visible
18 Dec -1.5 02:47:43 10° SSW 02:50:40 26° SE 02:53:37 10° E visible
18 Dec -2.7 04:24:31 10° WSW 04:27:25 26° NW 04:30:17 10° N visible
18 Dec -0.4 21:06:06 10° WSW 21:08:05 14° SSW 21:10:04 10° S visible
19 Dec -0.6 02:00:29 10° SSW 02:01:39 15° S 02:01:39 15° S visible

When and what you will see is VERY location dependent, so you need to use  Heavens Above  to get site specific predictions for your location, a small difference in location can mean the difference between the ISS passing over a star or planet or missing it completely. As always, start looking several minutes before the pass is going to start to get yourself oriented and your eyes dark adapted. Be patient, there may be slight differences in the time of the ISS appearing due to orbit changes not picked up by the predictions. Use the most recent prediction for your site.



Source: http://astroblogger.blogspot.com/2020/12/bright-iss-passes-through-orion-and-on.html


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