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Sunday, April 4, 2021

VIDEO: Space station flies over Charlestown again tonight

International Space Station to make six minute pass over Charlestown at 8:10 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
We have a 6 minute overflight, the longest duration, of the ISS tonight over Charlestown.

The National Weather Service forecast is for mostly clear and cool weather for the overflight starting at 8:10 PM.

Six minute sightings are great because they seem to cover the whole sky.

The ISS will appear in the west-northwest at 8:10 PM sharp at a low angle of 10 degrees over the horizon.

It will travel across the sky up to a high of 60 degrees elevation, about two-thirds up the sky. Then it will cruise along for six minutes heading toward the southeast where it will seem to vanish at about 14 degrees above the horizon.

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

Time: Sun Apr 04 8:10 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 60°, Appears: 10° above WNW, Disappears: 14° above SE 

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 Apr 04 8:10 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 60°, Appears: 10° above WNW, Disappears: 14° above SE 
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: