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Friday, September 16, 2022

International Space Station flies over Charlestown tonite at 9:52

ISS will make 6-minute long journey across C-Town sky tonight at 7:59 PM
By Will Collette

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The National Weather Service forecast calls for partly cloudy skies so chances are good for a viewing of the International Space Station as it flies over Charlestown tonight. 

Since we are in a stretch of nice, dry weather, that "partly cloudy" forecast shouldn't block too much of the ISS's travels. And six minutes is just shy of the maximum amount of time it takes for the ISS to go from one end of the horizon to the other.

The space station will appear as if out of no where at 7:59 PM sharp in the southwest at 10 degrees over the horizon.

It will rise to 85 degrees - almost directly overhead. Then it will track to the northeast where it will disappear at a low 15 degrees above the horizon as it loses the sun's reflected light.

It is about as bright as a passing jetliner - but no blinking - as it makes a quick and silent arc up to its maximum elevation. 

You can sign up with NASA's "Spot the Station" listserve and get a warning e-mail before such overflights. Click here to sign up for the alerts.

Here's the exact wording of today's alert:

Time: Fri Sep 16 7:59 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 85°, Appears: 10° above SW, Disappears: 15° above NE 

Catch the official National Weather Service forecast for Charlestown HERE.