Catch a glimpse of Mars and the International Space Station tonight

Photograph of the International Space Station (ISS) tweeted by astronaut Chris Hadfield.'Photograph courtesy of NASA.
Photograph of the International Space Station (ISS) tweeted by astronaut Chris Hadfield.'Photograph courtesy of NASA.
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Stargazers have got several reasons to look up into space tonight (Tuesday).

The International Space Station (ISS) will be visible above Wakefield for about three minutes at 8.09pm .

Leo constellation

Leo constellation

And West Yorkshire Astronomical Society (WYAS) said people would be able to see Mars during the early hours of the morning, near the star Regulus which is the brightest in the Leo constellation.

With a good pair of binoculars, people should also be able to see the comet ISON just above Mars.

The comet will not be visible to the naked eye until next month.

Colin Daley, of WYAS, said: “The space station is quite bright, almost as much so as an aeroplane flying over. But you’ll know you’re looking at a satellite because it looks higher up and travels from horizon to horizon very quickly.”

The ISS cost nearly £100bn.

Its first component was launched in 1998, and it has been continuously occupied for 12 years.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield became well-known during the last manned mission to ISS earlier this year, when he tweeted stunning photographs of space and recorded a spoof video of David Bowie’s Space Oddity.

He also revealed that his great-grandfather Austin Hadfield was originally from Wakefield but moved to Canada around 1908.

If you manage to get any photographs, please send them to us.