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Friday, January 22, 2021

International Space Station flies over Charlestown tonite at 9:52

ISS will make 4-minute long journey across C-Town sky tonight at 5:21 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. 

We've had several overflights this week but too many clouds - I generally don't mention the overflights unless the chances of seeing it are good. With only some clouds, the 4 minute viewing window should be enough.

The space station will appear as if out of no where at 5:21 PM sharp in the west southwest at 43 degrees over the horizon.

It will rise to 80 degrees - almost overhead. Then it will track to the northeast for four minutes where it will disappear at a low 10 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 Jan 22 5:21 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 80°, Appears: 43° above WSW, Disappears: 10° above NE 

Catch the official National Weather Service forecast for Charlestown HERE.