US space station/satellite flying over Kampala this Saturday

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NASA's space station

The U.S. Embassy in Kampala says the International Space Station [ISS] will fly over the Ugandan capital this Saturday.

On Saturday morning just before sunrise, at exactly 06:26AM, the International Space Station will fly directly over Kampala.

“The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, but it will be seen as a steady – not blinking – brilliant white pinpoint of light,” the embassy said.

“You will not need anything except your eyes to see it, as it is the third brightest object in the sky. Only the Sun and Moon are brighter.”

Here’s the flight path Saturday morning.

At 06:25 watch for it in the low Southwest sky.

At 06:29 it will be directly overhead, 400 km above the Earth.

At 06:32 it will disappear in the low Northeast sky.

About ISS

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit.

Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, the last pressurised module was fitted in 2011, and the station is expected to be used until 2028.

Development and assembly of the station continues, with components scheduled for launch in 2018 and 2019. The ISS is the largest human-made body in low Earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth.

The ISS consists of pressurised modules, external trusses, solar arrays, and other components. ISS components have been launched by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets, and American Space Shuttles.

The ISS serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and other fields. The station is suited for the testing of spacecraft systems and equipment required for missions to the Moon and Mars.

The ISS programme is a joint project among five participating space agencies: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA], Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA.

The station is divided into two sections, the Russian Orbital Segment (ROS) and the United States Orbital Segment (USOS), which is shared by many nations.