The International Space Station (ISS) currently orbiting approximately 400 kilometers above the Earth’s surface will treat us with a spectacular sight on November 3, 2012, as it zooms past above the Philippines. The satellite will be visible to us because its solar panels will be geometrically well-placed to reflect sunlight towards the ground, acting like giant space mirrors. From the ground, it will look like a very bright flare coming from the northwestern horizon and then slowly (much like an airplane) move towards the southeastern horizon until it disappears from view. It will be visible for approximately 6 minutes, from 06:10:29 pm to 06:19:09 pm and will be visible to the naked eye. No special equipment is required to observe the satellite flyby. (Predictions updated as of 1 pm, November 3, 2012.)
Those with cameras and telephoto lenses may attempt to image the satellite and detect structure, similar to the photo below.
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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)