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Thursday, April 13, 2017

ISS returns to C-Town sky tonight at 8:09 PM

ISS fly-over of Charlestown tonight 
By Will Collette

Based on the current "partly cloudy" weather report from the National Weather Service, there is a chance of being able to watch the International Space Station fly over Charlestown tonight at 8:09 PM.

This is the third time this week the ISS has appeared overhead. That tends to happen - ISS sightings coming in clusters. 

This overflight will last four minutes because it is coming an hour closer to sundown, meaning more sunlight for the ISS to capture from its hight perch. 

The other two passes took place after 9 PM and were only one and two minutes in duration.

At 8:09 PM, watch for the ISS to appear 36 degrees off the horizon in the northwest. 

It will arc to its maximum height of 84 degrees, almost directly overhead, it makes its four minute trip to the southeast where it will see to disappear at 13 degrees over the horizon.

Here is the notice I just received from NASA: 
Time: Thu Apr 13 8:09 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 84°, Appears: 36° above NW, Disappears: 13° above SE 

I hope you can see it. But if not, there will be plenty more sightings to come.