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Monday, May 17, 2021

VIDEO: Space Station will make another 6-minute Charlestown fly-over

International Space Station flies over Charlestown tonight at 8:40 PM
By Will Collette

 To see this video on YouTube:

Tonight, we have a seven minute overflight - seven minutes is  the longest you'll see since that's roughly how long it takes the ISS to go from 10 degrees over one horizon to 10 degrees on the opposite side.

And we're forecast for clear skies. 

It will appear just above the horizon in the west northwest at precisely 8:40 PM, will reach a maximum elevation of 87 degrees, almost directly overhead,  and disappear near the northeastern horizon.

Though we may get some showers this afternoon, the National Weather Service forecast for Charlestown tonight is for "mostly clear" and around a 50 degree temp.

Since this overflight is going to run for 7 minutes and go from one end of the sky to the other, you have a great chance to see it.

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). 

Here is the official notice I received: 

Time: Mon May 17 8:40 PM, Visible: 7 min, Max Height: 87°, Appears: 10° above SW, Disappears: 10° above NE