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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Int'l Space Station will make a maximum length pass over Charlestown tonight

Horizon to horizon in seven minutes

By Will Collette

Though the International Space Station (ISS) passes over us often, I only post those overflights that are the most interesting to see such as tonight's when the ISS will be visible for the maximum amount of time - 7 minutes.

Tonight, the ISS will appear at only 10 degrees over the northwestern horizon at 5:57 PM, will climb to 71 degrees above us and then continue its silent and serene passage east southeast where it will disappear at 11 degrees over the horizon.

The National Weather Service forecast says mostly clear, cold and breezy so bundle up if you are going out to see it. 

Probably the best place to get a panoramic view of the ISS in Charlestown is from the old runway in Ninigret Park near the Frosty Drew Observatory. Again, mind the cold.

You can sign up to get on NASA's list to get day-of notices such as this one I received this morning:

Time: Thu Feb 02 5:57 PM, Visible: 7 min, Max Height: 71°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 11° above ESE