The International Space Station will appear as a bright spot in the sky as it passes over NSW tonight.
The International Space Station will appear as a bright spot in the sky as it passes over NSW tonight. AAP

Space station will be a rare stargazing treat for region

ASTRONOMY enthusiasts on the Coffs Coast will be able to see the International Space Station for six minutes as it flies over NSW tonight.

From 6:24pm the space station will begin to appear in north-western region of the sky and will travel in a south-westerly direction.

It will be visible from Coffs Harbour until 6:30pm, weather permitting.

The station will also be visible from 5:30pm to 5:38pm tomorrow night, travelling close to Jupiter and Venus in a south-westerly direction.

On Friday night, it will appear from 5:22pm to 5:26pm.

The International Space Station is the third-brightest object in the sky behind the sun and moon, and will appear as a bright spot in the sky.

The station it is best observed with the naked eye, as it will be too quick for a telescope or binoculars.

To create a visibility chart or for more information visit www.heavens-above.com or www.spotthestation.nasa.gov

International Space Station facts:

● It is a microgravity laboratory in which a crew of six people live and work while traveling at a speed of 8km per second, orbiting Earth every 90 minutes.

● Construction on the International Space Station commenced on November 20, 1998.

● Since Expedition 1, which launched on October 31, 2000 and docked on November 2, the space station has been visited by more than 200 individuals.

● The complex now has more livable room than a conventional five-bedroom house, and has two bathrooms, a gymnasium and a 360-degree bay window.



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