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Space Station and Shuttle Visible Tonight


The Space Station, with the Space Shuttle still be docked, will pass overhead this evening. Look to the northwest about 6:48 PM (the article says 6:28, but that is incorrect). Although it should be even brighter than usual, it will be visible for only 3-4 minutes as it passes over and goes below the eastern horizon. Even if there are a few clouds, it should not be hard to locate.


David Klamet 10 years, 4 months ago

The Station (and Shuttle when it is up) are really only visible in the evening for a few evenings each month. For a good view, it has to pass overhead in evening or just past sunset. At that time, up in orbit, the station is still illuminated by the sun. It will also be visible near dawn in the morning for a few days each month.

I've posted this link before, but I think it is cool, too. It shows all the satellites (except manned ones).


This 3-Dmodel of the earth showing satellites in orbit.. It can be rotated, zoomed in and out. It used to have the Space Station and Shuttle, but they were taken off a few years ago. Don't know why, but I suspect internal NASA politics. It also had a better page for for finding when the Space Station/Shuttle would be visible. That page is still there, but only works for other satellites now, too.

The site I use to find when it will be visible is http://www.heavens-above.com. You need to create and account, but once you do and enter your location, you just go to a page that shows the next several sighting opportunities.

Christine Pennewell Davis 10 years, 4 months ago

my seven year old was thrilled because i watch nasa tv when the shuttle is up so she was see the space walk yesterday and i kept pointing out the ast. and how big the iss is and then she saw it going across last night she thought is was super cool.

Curtis Martell 10 years, 4 months ago

I hope they can get that thing through the dang roundabouts.

David Klamet 10 years, 4 months ago

Here are some pictures and video taken from ground based telescopes:

Some pictures: http://www.dasmirnov.net/blog/2007/08/12/international_space_station_and_endeavou

And a Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0OIxzFJiKY&NR=1

and another: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgcEe-...

Unfortunately, these are much better views that you (or I) will be able to see.

mom_of_three 10 years, 4 months ago

I wish I could see it as it is going over. Have a cousin who works on/with the space shuttle and sent me some cool pics of the recent take off.

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