Humanity Star to appear in Perth’s skies tonight

The Humanity Star, as spotted by Kieran Fanning on 28 January 2018 from Banks Peninsula, New Zealand, looking over Kaitorete Spit. Pic via Humanity Star Facebook
The Humanity Star, as spotted by Kieran Fanning on 28 January 2018 from Banks Peninsula, New Zealand, looking over Kaitorete Spit. Pic via Humanity Star Facebook

PERTH residents are encouraged to look up at the southern skies tonight to spot the Humanity Star.

It will be at it’s highest visibility about 7.51pm.

A description from the Humanity Star website said the highly reflective satellite is visible to the naked eye and blinks brightly across the night sky to “create a shared experience for everyone on the planet”.

Created by Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck, the Humanity Star is a geodesic sphere made from carbon fibre with 76 highly reflective panels.

It spins rapidly, reflecting the sun’s rays back to Earth, creating a flashing light that can be seen against a backdrop of stars.

Orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes and visible from anywhere on the globe, the Humanity Star is designed to be a bright symbol and reminder to all on Earth about our fragile place in the universe.