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Monday, April 10, 2017

VIDEO: International Space Station will make a 1-minute pass over Charlestown tonight

You should be able to see it at 9:09 PM
By Will Collette

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The International Space Station is making an evening pass over Charlestown. This overflight is pretty short, only one minute, but the viewing should be good. Generally, the maximum time the ISS is visible overhead is six mintime.

, it will be visible overhead, weather permitting, for 6 minutes which is about the maximum amount for such overflights.The National Weather Service forecast (click here) for tonight is mostly clear.

It starts in the northwest at exactly 9:09 PM, 28 degrees over the horizon. It will climb to 65% over the horizon and then will seem to disappear as it passes beyond the point where it is lit up by the sun.

The station can rival Venus or Jupiter (both of which are prominent in the sky this month) or Mars in brightness.

Combined with its eerie silent, swift passage, the ISS makes for great sky viewing.

Here are tonight's exact specifications from NASA: Time: Mon Apr 10 9:09 PM, Visible: 1 min, Max Height: 65°, Appears: 28° above NW, Disappears: 65° above N

You can check out the timetable for station overflights by clicking here. You have the option to sign up for e-mail alerts that give you at least 12 hours' advance warning of overflights.