Very shortly after sunset tonight (which is at 7:02), the International
Space Station will pass overhead, very bright.
It will begin in the southwest -- look toward the sunset, then to the
left, and pass nearly overhead to the northeast. First appearance will
be close to 7:16 p.m., and highest altitude is at 7:18 p.m.. By 7:21 it
At about 7:36 p.m. the shuttle will appear, but it will be a little more
westerly than the space station, and follow a different lower path. It
will be at its highest at about 7:38, and enters the earth's shadow at
7:41. By then it will probably be too low to see, but should give a
good show as it passes from southwest to northeast.
The station will be very bright, almost like an airplane, except with no
flashing lights. Satellites look like bright moving stars, and the
brightness changes as the sun angle between you and the satellite changes.
Have a look! Jane and I will try to update reports on Twitter as we're
out looking for the pass.
Old Town Astronomers: http://www.otastro.org