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Friday, October 13, 2017

VIDEO: ISS overhead for the second night in a row

International Space Station flies over Charlestown tonight at 6:44 PM
By Will Collette

 To see this video on YouTube:

We had a clear night last night for a three-minutes fly-over of Charlestown by the International Space Station.

It's not unusual for there to be two, even three days in a row for overflights and we will get our second tonight at 6:44 PM. Because this fly-over is closer to sunset, it will last twice as long as last night's - a full six minutes, the maximum time it takes the ISS to transit from horizon to horizon.

Unfortunately, the National Weather Service forecast for Charlestown tonight is for "mostly cloudy" skies. But given the length of time, you might have a shot at a sighting.

I generally don't report overflights when the sky isn't reasonably clear. This one is borderline, but let's hope for the best.

This overflight will last six minutes and will first appear at 6:44 PM at 10 degrees above the horizon in the northwest. 

It will arc over us to a maximum elevation of 42 degrees - about halfway up the sky. 

It will continue to the east southeast where it will disappear six minutes after its first appearance.

It's a lovely sight, quiet and majestic, and a reminder of the role science plays in our lives. 

You can get on NASA's e-mail list to receive notice of ISS overflights (CLICK HERE). That is, until Donald Trump decides to defund the program and give the ISS to his pal Vladimir Putin.

Here is the official notice I received: Time: Fri Oct 13 6:44 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 42°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 11° above ESE.