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Friday, June 9, 2017

VIDEO: Space station overflight at 9:0753 PM

International Space Station flies over Charlestown tonight
By Will Collette

 
 To see this video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhmdyQdu96M

We finally have a clear night in the National Weather Service forecast for Charlestown after so many days of clouds and rain.

Just right for the return of the International Space Station to evening viewing. 

There have been a number of overpasses in the past month, but I haven't reported them since the weather made viewing just about impossible.

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. I find it never gets old.

This overflight will last four minutes and will first appear at 9:07 PM at 39 degrees above the horizon in the north-northwest. 

It will arc over us to a maximum elevation of 55 degrees. 
It will continue to the east southeast where it will disappear four minutes after its first appearance.

It's a lovely sight, quiet and majestic, and a reminder of the role science plays in our lives. Donald Trump will probably give it to his pal Vladimir Putin since Trump himself has no interest in science.

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: Fri Jun 09 9:07 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 55°, Appears: 39° above NNW, Disappears: 10° above ESE