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Monday, September 21, 2020

Space station returns for another run over Charlestown at 7:32 PM

 ISS will make a 4-minute passage over Charlestown in clear skies

By Will Collette

This is what it looks like

If you missed the overflight of the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, you have another chance tonight, though shorter by two minutes.

The forecast is for clear sky with autumn chill when the ISS makes its run starting at 7:32 PM in the west-northwest. It will appear at an elevation 38 degrees over the horizon and will make a virtually flat passage to a maximum height of 42 degrees.

It will run for four minutes total until it seems to disappear at 10 degree over the northeastern horizon at 7:36 PM.

Overflights are serene - totally silent and beautiful, unlike any other object in the sky, except for some of the other satellites.

You can sign up with NASA to receive same day notices of overflights, or consult the overflight log. The overflight log says the ISS will make a SECOND pass over Charlestown tonight at 9:09 PM but that one will last less than a minute and will be very low (maximum height 15 degrees).

This is the message I received from NASA: Time: Mon Sep 21 7:32 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 42°, Appears: 38° above WNW, Disappears: 10° above NE