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Stunning images show the International Space Station passing over Nottingham: here’s how to see it

These beautiful images show the International Space Station (ISS) which passes over Nottinghamshire.

Every 24 hours, the space station completes 16 orbits of Earth as it travels approximately five miles per second – and will be visible across the county this week and beyond.

Nottingham photographer Leigh Windridge captured the 357-foot structure that passed over Bulwell around 11.45pm on May 20, giving life to this extraordinary image.

Further sightings will be possible until Tuesday 2 June.

Tonight (May 21), the ISS will make two more passes.



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The first passage on Nottingham will take place around 10.53 pm and will remain visible for six minutes.

A few hours later at 12.30 on Friday morning (May 22), he will make another passage and will be visible for three minutes.

The Windridge ISS shot was created by stacking 10 long exposure shots, and is typically visible to the naked eye as it orbits the Earth at a height of just over 400km.

Another keen astronomer photographer, Michael Bilbie, also managed to capture the ISS via Long Eaton on May 20th.

He said he made three passes, resulting in an image clearly showing his flight path across the night sky.



A shot from the ISS passing over Long Eaton on May 20
A shot from the ISS passing over Long Eaton on May 20

The ISS, thanks to its speed, completes an orbit approximately every 90 minutes and travels through 16 sunsets and sunrises.

It has been continuously occupied by 240 people since November 2000, including British astronaut Tim Peake.

Surprisingly, NASA says that the space station’s living space is larger than a six-bedroom house and is also home to a gym, which helps prevent low-gravity muscle and bone loss.

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