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Saturday, August 1, 2020

ISS flyover tonight at 8:39 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.

Charlestown has had several fly-overs of the International Space Station over the past week, but they have either been too short (2 minutes) or the night sky was too cloudy.

That may change tonight when we get a four minute flyover starting at 8:39 PM in a sky forecast to be partly cloudy.

Based on the current "partly cloudy" 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 8:39 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 8:39 PM sharp, watch for the ISS to appear 30 degrees off the horizon in the north northwest. 


It will arc to its maximum height of 47 degrees, about a quarter of the way up the horizon. It makes its four minute trip to the east northeast where it will see to disappear at a low 11 degrees over the horizon.

Here is the notice I just received from NASA: "
Time: Sat Aug 01 8:39 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 47°, Appears: 30° above NNW, Disappears: 11° above ESE "