Published On: Tue, Dec 23rd, 2014 on 8:39 pm

See Santa (aka the ISS) flying in the sky on Christmas Eve

Santa Claus

The International Space Station (ISS) will pass over the UK on Christmas Eve giving children a great opportunity to spot ‘Santa’ on his sleigh.

With clear skies forecast, conditions are likely to be good for seeing the ‘incredibly bright’ ISS in orbit around the Earth.

Christmas Eve will probably be the best time to see the space station due to its brightness and weather conditions being better in the UK.

The ISS will be visible at 5.22pm, but for varying lengths of time and at slightly differing angles depending on locations.

Providing weather conditions are relatively clear, the ISS will be able to be seen with the naked eye.

The best viewing opportunities will be from places with little light pollution and away from street lights, like the countryside or a local park.

It will also be best to go outside beforehand and prepare yourself and any photographic equipment you may use.

In Yorkshire, conditions will be much brighter and also colder with a chilly northwesterly wind. There will be sunny spells and mainly dry in the east but cloudier in the west with a few showers blowing through.

You can find out more about the ISS and sighting locations here. You can also follow the event on Twitter @VirtualAstro.

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