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Wednesday, 01 December 2010 12:31

The launch of the shuttle Discovery to the ISS, the International Space Station, has now been delayed to early in the morning of 18 December, UK time. By then, the ISS will have ended its current series of transits across our predawn sky where it is often second only in brilliance to Venus. The latter rises in the ESE almost four hours before the Sun and is unmistakable above-left of the waning Moon in the SSE before dawn tomorrow.

The ISS, though, speeds across our sky; in only a few minutes it overflies S England at a height of 368km. Asterisks in our predictions for London and Manchester flag the direction in which it appears from eclipse in the Earth\'s shadow.

Courtesy to guardian.co.uk.

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