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Space Station Viewing Perfect For This Evening

Dan Brounoff
March 21, 2019 - 12:34 pm
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Great evening, great visibility, perfect angle above the horizon and long length of visible path...almost directly overhead at its midpoint of path!

Take noticed how fast it travels from horizon to horizon at a max height of 72 degrees … 6 minutes… now that's fast! How fast is it moving?

Check this out:

The International Space Station travels in orbit around Earth at a speed of roughly 17,150 miles per hour (that's about 5 miles per second!). This means that the Space Station orbits Earth (and sees a sunrise) once every 92 minutes!

Here's this evening's info:

FRM:HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov

SUBJ:SpotTheStation

MSG:Time: Thu Mar 21 8:33 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 72 degrees, Appears: SW, Disappears: NE

You don't necessarily have to be in a wide open area, you can see about 50% of its path in your backyard if you don't have a lot of trees. I would recommend getting into an open area to watch it rise and set. Also take notice that you will lose the reflection of the Sun on the station itself as it goes over the curvature of the Earth before setting in the Northeastern sky. It doesn't have headlights, it's the sun's reflection that illuminates it.