Several great opportunities to see the International Space Station coming up
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 01:23:06 GMT —
Tuesday evening provided a near perfect viewing opportunity for the International Space Station's pass over Northwest Ohio.
But if you missed the stellar flyby...don't fret. You'll have several other opportunities over the coming days, with the best flyover coming Friday.
Here is the info you need to know.
Wednesday evening, starting at 7:42pm, look to the SSW portion of the sky. The ISS will appear as a bright star...but the big difference is that it's moving at a pretty rapid clip. It will cross from the SSW to the ENE over the course of about 5 minutes and 30 seconds, maxing out at a height of 30 degrees above the horizon.
Thursday evening...another nice pass. This time starting around 8:30pm, moving from the WSW to the NNE over the course of 4 minutes and 20 seconds...topping out at a height of 55 degrees. The ISS will actually seem to "disappear" as it flies back into Earth's shadow.
But it gets even better come Friday.
Friday's pass will be the best of the week here in NW Ohio. Starting at 7:42pm, look to the SW. The station will cross from the horizon to directly overhead...then exit to the NE over the course of 6 and a half minutes! It will also be its brightest pass for the entire week. So if you're going to be out and about, maybe at a high school football game, set your cell phone to remind you of the pass! (You'll impress the other fans in the stands with your big brain!).
Depending on cloud cover, we may get one last peek on Saturday. Starting at 8:32pm, the station will appear from the west and move to the NNE, reaching a max height of 26 degrees. The pass will take 4 minutes to complete.
For those looking for more technical information about the passes, be sure to follow the link below.