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Image of the International Space Station as it orbits sky over Ireland

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With clear skies forecast for this week across much of Ireland an excellent opportunity presents itself for amateur astronomers to catch a glimpse of the International Space Station as it orbits earth and passes over Ireland. One such sighting opportunity occurred at 19:53 this evening, and although slightly unprepared, I managed to capture this light trail as the space station hurtled past.

The International Space Station appears as a trail of light blazing across an Irish sky
The International Space Station appears as a trail of light blazing across an Irish sky
Close up of light trail produced by the International Space Station
Close up of light trail produced by the International Space Station

The images show the International Space Station, along with the space shuttle Discovery on its last ever mission, as seen from County Monaghan looking west towards County Tyrone between 19:53 and 19:54 tonight. The space station flew over the horizon from a westerly direction and disappeared three minutes later towards the south.

Future sighting opportunities can be found on Heavens-Above, with another potentially great sighting tomorrow at 20:21, again appearing from the west.

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Darren McCarra
Darren McCarra is co-editor of The Sociable. He has a keen interest in photography, all things mobile, and writing about technology and social media. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.