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Sunday, May 31, 2020

VIDEO: Space station flies over Charlestown again tonight

International Space Station to make four minute pass over Charlestown at 9:04 PM 
By Will Collette
Astronaut Scott Kelly from the International Space Station. Shows the
Earth at the top and a gorgeous view of the Milky Way

As it often does, the ISS will make a pass over Charlestown for the second night in a row.

The National Weather Service forecast is for clear and cool weather for the overflight starting at 9:04 PM.

If you use binoculars, you may be able to make out the SpaceX craft attached to the station. They docked at 10:16 AM this morning.

The National Weather Service says our mostly sunny, smoggy  day will transition into a mostly night.

The ISS will appear in the north-northwest at 9:04 PM sharp at an angle of 29 degrees over the horizon.

It will travel across the sky up to a high of 42 degrees elevation, about half up the sky. Then it will cruise along for four minutes heading toward the east southeast where it will seem to vanish at about 10 degrees above the horizon.

The Space Station, like all other visible man-made satellites, is only visible when reflected sunlight hits it just the right way.

Because the ISS is in a low earth orbit, its sighting always happen pretty close to sunset or sunrise.

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.

I did, and received this message about tonight's overflight:
Time: Sun May 31 9:04 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 42°, Appears: 29° above NNW, Disappears: 10° above ESE 
With binoculars, you should be able to see some detail on the station, but I also enjoy watching it with the naked eye.

It should look like this: