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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Finally, a clear night for a Space Station overpass

ISS will make 6-minute long journey across C-Town sky tonight at 8:57
By Will Collette

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I haven't posted a notice about an overflight over Charlestown by the International Space Station (ISS) in a while because of clouds or rain.

But tonight, it looks like the sky will be clear and the ISS will treat us to a six-minute fly-over. That's about the maximum time given the ISS's speed and its ability to reflect sunshine from the sun that set shortly before.

The National Weather Service forecast says that our beautiful daytime clear skies will give way to a mostly clear and pleasant night.

The space station appears as if out of no where at 8:57 PM sharp in the west southwest at 10 degrees over the horizon. It will rise to 58 and will track to the northeast for six minutes where it will disappear just after nine o'clock 10 degrees above the horizon as it loses the sun's reflected light.

It is about as bright as a passing jetliner as it makes a quick and silent arc up to its maximum elevation. 

While this is not like watching a firework's display, it is impressive in its own right as we watch mankind's only current manned venture into space.

You can sign up with NASA's "Spot the Station" listserve and get a warning e-mail before such overflights. Click here to sign up for the alerts.

Here's the exact wording of today's alert:

Time: Wed Jul 26 8:57 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 58°, Appears: 10° above WSW, Disappears: 10° above NE

Catch the official National Weather Service forecast for Charlestown HERE.