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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

VIDEO: fine conditions for Space Station Charlestown 6 minute overflight

"Mostly Clear" forecast for ISS at 8:43 PM 
By Will Collette

The National Weather Service says that today's sunny weather will start continue. 

Hopefully, that will be after the International Space Station (ISS) floats over Charlestown for six minutes at 8:43 PM.

As usual, this overflight is one of a cluster of overflights over the past several days. I didn't publicize the others because clouds made viewing unlikely

I love these overflights and the soothing feeling they produce. That is, I did until Trump announced his "plan" to end US funding of the station and sell it to some commercial interest. I'm not making this up.

Maybe the purveyors of Trump's favorite food, McDonalds, will buy it and reconfigure the station into a golden arches shape. It seems there is nothing good that this guy doesn't want to mess up.

At precisely 8:43 PM, the ISS will suddenly appear in the west southwest 10 degrees above the horizon, arc overhead to a peak of 80 degrees and then disappear in the east northeast six minutes later as it losses the reflected glow of the sun.

National Weather Service prediction is here. 

Here's the message I received from NASA this morning, courtesy of their "Spot The Station" e-mail listserve:

Time: Wed May 23 8:43 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 80°, Appears: 10° above SW, Disappears: 10° above ENE 

Celestial mechanics makes the ISS strictly follow these specifications.

Sign up for the NASA alerts. And enjoy. While you can.