Bright Tiangong passes, 1-9 February, 2024

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Relatively bright passes of the Chinese space station Tiangong visible in the evening from Australia aren’t that common. Over the next few days
there are a series
of  bright Tiangong passes in
the late evening twilight/early evening and the early morning. Tiangong passes close to Jupiter and several bright stars.Jupiter is a handy orientation point for many passes.

 
The following tables are from data provided from Heavens Above.

Particularly impressive passes are highlighted in yellow, passes entering the shadow in blue.
   

Passes from Adelaide (ACDST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
31 Jan -1.3 22:12:16 10° W 22:15:20 49° SSW 22:15:57 42° SSE visible
01 Feb -2.2 21:10:43 10° WNW 21:13:52 87° SSW 21:17:03 10° ESE visible
01 Feb 0.3 22:48:06 10° WSW 22:50:04 24° SW 22:50:04 24° SW visible
02 Feb -0.6 21:46:18 10° W 21:49:14 34° SSW 21:51:46 13° SE visible
02 Feb 1.5 23:23:50 10° SW 23:23:52 10° SW 23:23:52 10° SW visible
03 Feb -1.3 20:44:33 10° W 20:47:39 53° SSW 20:50:46 10° ESE visible
03 Feb -0.1 22:22:07 10° WSW 22:24:46 24° S 22:25:21 22° SSE visible
04 Feb -0.2 21:20:17 10° WSW 21:23:04 27° S 21:25:51 10° SE visible
04 Feb 0.8 22:57:36 10° SW 22:58:46 17° SW 22:58:46 17° SW visible
05 Feb 0.0 21:55:56 10° SW 21:58:34 23° S 22:00:01 17° SE visible
06 Feb 0.0 20:54:06 10° WSW 20:56:47 24° S 20:59:27 10° SE visible
06 Feb 0.0 22:31:09 10° SW 22:33:14 26° SSW 22:33:14 26° SSW visible
07 Feb -0.2 21:29:31 10° SW 21:32:14 25° S 21:34:20 13° ESE visible
07 Feb 1.3 23:06:07 10° WSW 23:06:25 12° WSW 23:06:25 12° WSW visible
08 Feb -1.1 22:04:32 10° SW 22:07:29 40° SSE 22:07:29 40° SSE visible
09 Feb -0.6 21:02:54 10° SW 21:05:45 29° SSE 21:08:32 10° ESE visible
09 Feb 0.5 22:39:29 10° WSW 22:40:37 20° WSW 22:40:37 20° WSW visible

 

Passes from Brisbane (AEST) 

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
31 Jan 0.2 20:08:00 10° W 20:10:39 24° SSW 20:13:18 10° SSE visible
01 Feb -1.0 19:06:05 10° WNW 19:09:08 47° SSW 19:12:11 10° SE visible
01 Feb 1.2 20:45:32 10° SSW 20:46:21 11° SSW 20:47:09 10° S visible
02 Feb 0.8 19:42:35 10° WSW 19:44:38 16° SSW 19:46:40 10° SSE visible
04 Feb 1.0 19:17:28 10° SW 19:18:33 11° SSW 19:19:36 10° S visible
09 Feb 0.7 20:37:28 10° SSW 20:38:32 14° S 20:38:32 14° S visible

Passes from Darwin (ACST) 

none in this time frame

Passes from Hobart (AEDST)  

 

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
31 Jan -0.3 21:09:33 10° N 21:11:28 15° NNE 21:13:23 10° ENE visible
31 Jan -0.2 22:44:41 10° WNW 22:45:58 21° NW 22:45:58 21° NW visible
01 Feb -1.4 21:43:31 10° NW 21:46:25 33° NNE 21:47:57 21° ENE visible
01 Feb 0.7 23:19:47 10° W 23:20:04 12° W 23:20:04 12° W visible
02 Feb -2.2 22:18:23 10° WNW 22:21:31 59° N 22:21:46 56° NE visible
03 Feb -1.8 21:17:02 10° WNW 21:20:05 45° NNE 21:23:08 10° E visible
03 Feb -0.7 22:53:30 10° W 22:55:21 31° WNW 22:55:21 31° WNW visible
04 Feb -2.2 21:52:01 10° W 21:55:10 67° N 21:56:41 27° E visible
04 Feb 1.0 23:28:41 10° W 23:28:46 11° W 23:28:46 11° W visible
05 Feb -2.0 22:27:07 10° W 22:30:01 58° NW 22:30:01 58° NW visible
06 Feb -2.1 21:25:32 10° W 21:28:43 68° N 21:31:10 15° E visible
06 Feb 0.3 23:02:17 10° W 23:03:15 17° WNW 23:03:15 17° WNW visible
07 Feb -1.8 22:00:37 10° W 22:03:43 50° NNW 22:04:21 41° NNE visible
08 Feb -2.0 20:58:57 10° W 21:02:07 62° N 21:05:15 10° ENE visible
08 Feb -0.2 22:35:51 10° W 22:37:29 21° NW 22:37:29 21° NW visible
09 Feb -1.3 21:34:01 10° W 21:37:00 38° NNW 21:38:32 22° NE visible

 

Passes from Melbourne (AEDST)

 

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
31 Jan -1.1 21:07:38 10° NNW 21:10:21 27° NNE 21:13:06 10° E visible
31 Jan -0.9 22:43:48 10° W 22:45:57 39° W 22:45:57 39° W visible
01 Feb -2.3 21:42:20 10° WNW 21:45:29 81° NNE 21:47:57 15° ESE visible
01 Feb 0.8 23:19:20 10° WSW 23:20:04 15° WSW 23:20:04 15° WSW visible
02 Feb -1.3 22:17:43 10° W 22:20:49 49° S 22:21:46 34° SE visible
03 Feb -1.8 21:16:06 10° W 21:19:14 68° SSW 21:22:25 10° ESE visible
03 Feb -0.3 22:53:12 10° WSW 22:55:21 32° SW 22:55:21 32° SW visible
04 Feb -1.0 21:51:32 10° WSW 21:54:35 42° S 21:56:41 17° ESE visible
04 Feb 1.2 23:28:28 10° WSW 23:28:46 12° WSW 23:28:46 12° WSW visible
05 Feb -1.2 22:26:53 10° WSW 22:29:56 43° S 22:30:00 42° S visible
06 Feb -1.0 21:25:13 10° WSW 21:28:14 40° S 21:31:10 11° ESE visible
06 Feb 0.4 23:02:01 10° WSW 23:03:14 21° WSW 23:03:14 21° WSW visible
07 Feb -1.5 22:00:24 10° WSW 22:03:31 51° SSE 22:04:21 38° ESE visible
08 Feb -1.1 20:58:43 10° WSW 21:01:47 42° S 21:04:49 10° ESE visible
08 Feb -0.7 22:35:27 10° WSW 22:37:29 36° W 22:37:29 36° W visible
09 Feb -2.0 21:33:46 10° WSW 21:36:56 68° SSE 21:38:32 26° E visible


 

Passes from Perth (AWST) 

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
31 Jan -0.2 21:14:30 10° W 21:17:16 28° SSW 21:18:06 24° S visible
01 Feb -1.1 20:12:41 10° W 20:15:43 46° SSW 20:18:47 10° SE visible
01 Feb 1.0 21:50:50 10° SW 21:52:12 15° SSW 21:52:12 15° SSW visible
02 Feb 0.4 20:48:45 10° WSW 20:51:13 20° SSW 20:53:42 10° SE visible
03 Feb -0.2 19:46:44 10° W 19:49:33 29° SSW 19:52:24 10° SE visible
03 Feb 0.7 21:25:01 10° SW 21:26:54 15° S 21:27:27 14° S visible
04 Feb 0.6 20:22:58 10° SW 20:25:07 17° S 20:27:16 10° SSE visible
04 Feb 1.4 22:00:33 10° SSW 22:00:51 11° SSW 22:00:51 11° SSW visible
05 Feb 0.6 20:58:55 10° SW 21:00:47 14° S 21:02:05 12° SSE visible
06 Feb 0.6 19:56:59 10° SW 19:58:54 15° S 20:00:49 10° SSE visible
06 Feb 0.7 21:34:00 10° SW 21:35:19 16° SSW 21:35:19 16° SSW visible
07 Feb 0.5 20:32:29 10° SSW 20:34:30 16° S 20:36:24 11° SE visible
08 Feb -0.2 21:07:16 10° SW 21:09:33 24° S 21:09:33 24° S visible
09 Feb 0.1 20:05:46 10° SW 20:08:06 18° SSE 20:10:25 10° ESE visible
09 Feb 1.0 21:42:00 10° WSW 21:42:41 15° SW 21:42:41 15° SW visible

Passes from Sydney (AEDST) 

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
31 Jan -2.2 21:07:53 10° WNW 21:11:02 89° SSW 21:13:48 13° ESE visible
31 Jan 1.1 22:45:22 10° WSW 22:45:57 13° WSW 22:45:57 13° WSW visible
01 Feb -0.4 21:43:32 10° W 21:46:26 32° SSW 21:47:57 21° SSE visible
02 Feb -1.3 20:41:47 10° W 20:44:53 51° SSW 20:47:59 10° SE visible
02 Feb 0.4 22:19:31 10° WSW 22:21:46 21° SSW 22:21:46 21° SSW visible
03 Feb 0.0 21:17:38 10° WSW 21:20:19 25° SSW 21:23:01 10° SE visible
03 Feb 1.5 22:55:10 10° SW 22:55:21 11° SW 22:55:21 11° SW visible
04 Feb 0.2 21:53:29 10° SW 21:55:54 20° S 21:56:41 18° SSE visible
05 Feb 0.2 20:51:36 10° WSW 20:54:07 21° S 20:56:39 10° SE visible
05 Feb 0.8 22:28:48 10° SW 22:30:01 17° SSW 22:30:01 17° SSW visible
06 Feb 0.1 21:27:11 10° SW 21:29:40 20° S 21:31:10 15° SE visible
07 Feb 0.2 20:25:23 10° SW 20:27:49 20° S 20:30:15 10° SE visible
07 Feb -0.1 22:02:14 10° SW 22:04:21 26° SSW 22:04:21 26° SSW visible
08 Feb -0.2 21:00:39 10° SW 21:03:17 23° S 21:05:25 13° ESE visible
08 Feb 1.3 22:37:08 10° WSW 22:37:29 13° WSW 22:37:29 13° WSW visible
09 Feb -1.3 21:35:31 10° SW 21:38:32 43° SSE 21:38:32 43° SSE visible

When and what you will see is VERY location dependent, so you need to use  Heavens Above  to get site specific predictions for your location, a small
difference in location can mean the difference between Tiangong passing
over a star or planet or missing it completely. 

As always, start looking several minutes before the pass is going to start to get
yourself oriented and your eyes dark adapted. Be patient, there may be
slight differences in the time of Tiangong appearing due to orbit changes
not picked up by the predictions. Use the most recent prediction for
your site.

Labels: Satellite, tiangong, unaided eye

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