See Discovery, the ISS and Hubble Telescope tonight

Once you have seen the Discovery and Space Station fly over Sydney and disappear below the horizon, don’t go inside just yet.

Hubble Telescope Tonight (Click to Enlarge)

Here is your rare chance to see a space shuttle, a space station and a space telescope in roughly the same space of time.

The ISS will dissappear in the east at 6:54 pm but if you look towards the North West at 7pm you will see the Hubble Telescope appear above the horizon and pass between the Moon and the horizon.At this stage it will be faint and almost imporrsible to see but at 7:04pm it will have slowly moved higher in the sky and be at it’s brightest tonight with a magnitude of 1.99 and be seen directly north.

7:04 pm will be your best time to see the Hubble at 18 degrees above the northern horizon before it starts dropping to the horizon again and growing fainter.

If the clouds do stay away from Sydney tonight, see if you can spot the shuttle Discovery first, followed by the International Space Station and then finally the Hubble Telescope.

The Hubble will slowly move across the sky and eventually disappear in the east at 7:10pm.

~ by sydneystargazers on April 19, 2010.

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