NASA has said that 6 astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) will experience this New Year’s 16 times!
Wait… how does that work?
Well, let’s do a little back of the envelope calculation.
The ISS orbits the earth once every 90 minutes. That means it completes one circle around the earth in 90 minutes. So that’s a sunrise and a sunset.
How many minutes in a day? 24 hours in a day x 60 minutes in an hour = 1440 minutes in a day.
Time to complete one orbit is 90 minutes, so how many times can it orbit the earth in 1440 minutes?
That’s easy! 1440/90 = 16! That’s 16 sunrises and sunsets and therefore, 16 New Year’s Days!
Written by: Sunaina Murthy