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Thursday, December 1, 2016

VIDEO: Space station overflight at 5:53 PM

International Space Station flies over Charlestown tonight
By Will Collette

 To see this video on YouTube:

The torrential rains left in the wee hours of the morning and the sun is shining. The National Weather Service forecast for Charlestown tonight is for "mostly clear" skies.

Just right for the return of the International Space Station to evening viewing. The station appears either after dusk or before dawn when, for up to six minutes, it catches enough reflected sunlight to appear over us, bright as a star and arcing serenely over us.

This overflight will last three minutes and will first appear at 5:53 PM in the southwest. It will arc over us to a maximum elevation of 76 degrees. It will continue to the east northeast where it will disappear three minutes after its first appearance.

It's a lovely sight, quiet and majestic, and a reminder of the role science plays in our lives. President-elect Donald Trump will probably sell it to his pal Vladimir Putin.

You can get on NASA's e-mail list to receive notice of ISS overflights (CLICK HERE). 

Here is the official notice I received: Time: Thu Dec 01 5:53 PM, Visible: 3 min, Max Height: 76°, Appears: 19° above SW, Disappears: 59° above ENE