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Thursday, February 4, 2021

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

International Space Station flies over Charlestown tonight at 6:23 PM
By Will Collette

 To see this video on YouTube:

Tonight, we have a 6-minute overflight - six minutes is about the longest you'll see since that's roughly how long it takes the ISS to go from one horizon to the other. 

It will appear just above the horizon in the west northwest at precisely 6:23 PM, will reach a maximum elevation of 72 degrees and disappear in the southeastern sky.

Though the sky is clear now as I prepare this article, the National Weather Service forecast for Charlestown tonight is for "increasing clouds" and chilly.

Since this overflight is going to run for 6 minutes and go from one end of the sky to the other, you have a pretty good chance to see it, despite the forecast.

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: Thu Feb 04 6:23 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 72°, Appears: 10° above WNW, Disappears: 19° above SE