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Thursday, October 12, 2017

ISS returns to C-Town sky tonight at 7:37 PM

ISS fly-over of Charlestown tonight 
By Will Collette

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Based on the current "mostly clear" weather report from the National Weather Service, you should be able to watch the International Space Station fly over Charlestown tonight at 7:37 PM.

NASA fun space games bird GIFThis overflight will last three minutes which is the length of time the station catches enough of the sunlight over the bend of the horizon to be visible to us on the ground in Charlestown. 

Three minutes is about average. Six minutes of visibility is the maximum.

These passes over Charlestown happen several times a month either after sunset or before sunrise. I try to give you as much notice as I receive on those evenings when weather conditions favor viewing.

I enjoy the quiet serenity of our ONLY manned presence in space as it passes over our tiny patch of the planet.  

At 7:37 PM sharp, watch for the ISS to appear 12 degrees off the horizon in the northwest. 

It will arc to its maximum height of 75 degrees, almost directly overhead, it makes its three minute trip to the southeast where it will see to disappear at 60 degrees over the horizon.

Here is the notice I just received from NASA: 
Time: Thu October 12 7:37 PM, Visible: 3 min, Max Height: 75°, Appears: 12° above NW, Disappears: 60° above E 

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