You'll be able to see the International Space Station in the sky tonight

By Kirstin Buick
29 June 2016

It's a sight not to be missed by space fanatics. Here's how you can see when it will be passing over your town.

It's the biggest and brightest satellite you can see with the naked eye from earth -- and a sight not to be missed by space fanatics.

The International Space Station (ISS) will be visible from South Africa from 29 June until 7 July.

Because of its size, the station reflects a large amount of sunlight, making it brighter than the brightest star in the night sky when seen flying overhead.

The enormous structure which weighs almost one million pounds (453,59 metric tonnes) and spans 108,8 metres -- to the put that into perspective, it weighs more than 320 cars, and is just about as long as a football field.

Read more: 5 of the coolest experiments done on the International Space Station

The US' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has a tool on their site that will let you track exactly when you'll be able to see the ISS fly over your town.

We've included some of the major cities below, but you can use the tool yourself here.

Read more about the ISS in our new magazine: Off to space with YOU!

Speaking of space…

Have you booked your tickets for Gateway to Space: The Exhibition yet? Click here for a sneak peak of what’s in store at the exhibition.

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Sources: Nasa, ISS observation, Weg

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