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Friday, May 24, 2024

VIDEO: Space Station will make another 6-minute Charlestown fly-over

International Space Station flies over Charlestown tonight at 9:55 PM
By Will Collette

 To see this video on YouTube:

It's been a few weeks since we've had an ISS overflight and favorable conditions. Though I get the NASA notices, I don't post them unless the sky is clear.

Tonight, with "mostly clear" sky, we have a five minute overflight starting at 9:55.

That's quite late and reflects how close we are to the summer solstice, the day with the most daylight hours. The ISS is visible only due to reflected sunlight which is why the fly-overs usually happen shortly after sundown.

It will appear 10 degrees above the northwestern horizon at precisely 9:55, will rise to a maximum elevation of 61 degrees, and disappear in the eastern horizon.

The National Weather Service forecast for Charlestown tonight is for "mostly clear" and around a 54 degree temp.

It's a lovely sight, quiet and majestic, and a reminder of the role science plays in our lives. 

You can get on NASA's e-mail list to receive notice of ISS overflights (CLICK HERE). 

Here is the official notice I received: 

Time: Fri May 24 9:55 PM, Visible: 5 min, Max Height: 61°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 33° above E