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Saturday, March 21, 2020

ISS returns to C-Town sky tonight at 8:14 PM

Space Station fly-over of Charlestown tonight 
By Will Collette
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The world may be going to Hell with fear of the real and the imagined, but the great celestial machine ticks on.

Based on the current "clear" weather report after a mostly sunny day from the National Weather Service, you should be able to watch the International Space Station fly over Charlestown tonight at 8:14 PM.

NASA fun space games bird GIFThis overflight will last four minutes, the amount 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. 

2 - 4 minutes viewing time is pretty common. Six minutes of visibility is the maximum.

These passes over Charlestown happen several times a month either after sunset or before sunrise. I list them if the National Weather Service forecast looks good enough to give you a good chance to see it.

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

At 8:14 PM sharp, watch for the ISS to appear 30 degrees off the horizon in the west. 


It will arc to its maximum height of 45 degrees, about a quarter of the way up the horizon. It makes its four minute trip to the northeast where it will see to disappear at a low 13 degrees over the horizon.

Here is the notice I just received from NASA: "
Time: Sat Mar 21 8:14 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 45°, Appears: 30° above W, Disappears: 13° above NE "