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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

VIDEO: Space Station will fly over Charlestown at 9:40 PM

International Space Station (ISS) makes two-minute pass at 9:40 PM tonight
By Will Collette

See this video on YouTube here:

With a nice clear night in the National Weather Service forecast, tonight's two-minute overflight by the International Space Station over Charlestown should be pretty easy to see. The silent majesty of its movements never get old, at least to me.

About the only human space exploration left is the International Space Station. While we wait for humanity to once again reach for the stars, we get to see the ISS serenely cross our skies on occasion when timing, their orbital path and the weather cooperate.

The station will be visible for two minutes beginning at 9:40 PM with the ISS appearing at around 21 degrees off the horizon in the west-northwest. Its arc will take it  to 47 degrees over the horizon as it crosses the sky to 46 degrees above the horizon in the south-southwest where it will seem to vanish.

We can see the ISS shortly after sunset and also shortly before dawn when the sun's rays hit it just right.

Official message from NASA: Time: Wed Aug 09 9:40 PM, Visible: 2 min, Max Height: 47°, Appears: 21° above WNW, Disappears: 46° above SSW

I get e-mails from NASA with notice of these ISS overflights over Charlestown.

You can sign up to get those e-mails here.