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The International Space Station (ISS) is going to be visible in the skies above the UK from now until the start of August, allowing us three weeks to see a real spaceship, carrying its astronaut crew.

But that’s not all we will be able to see. Comet Neowise will also be visible to the naked eye until the end of July, as it races towards its closest approach to Earth - a mere 64 million miles away (That’s 260 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon).

Even at these vast distances, there have been many reports of it being spotted on clear nights recently. If we get a break from the cloudy weather for some clear nights, look out for it low in the northern sky about an hour after sunset.

There will also be planets visible at the same time, giving us all a proper tour of the solar system. Jupiter and Saturn should be visible in a clear sky all night.

However, if it is the International Space Station you’re holding out for, then you might have to be prepared for some late nights or some early mornings. To get an up to date schedule for what time daily you can see the ISS pass overhead, MeteorWatch has a guide for you.

You might need to allow ten minutes either side of the scheduled appearance, as the ISS might need to make orbital adjustments, which will affect the time it passes overhead.

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