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Three chances to see the International Space Station

After you watch the transit of Venus tonight, keep your eyes trained to the sky for a glimpse of the International Space Station. And in case clouds block it, there are two more chances this week.

The space station appears in the sky as a steadily moving light that appears somewhere between a star and an airplane. Look for it at 10:06 p.m. near the south-southwest horizon. It will move almost halfway up the horizon before setting near the east-northeast horizon at 10:13 p.m.

Thursday, look at the southwest horizon at 9:54 p.m. It will move almost all the way up overhead and set in the northeast at 10:01 p.m.

On Friday, it will take a similar track as tonight, appearing again in the south-southwest sky at 9:00 p.m., rising about halfway up the sky and disappearing to the east-northeast at 9:07 p.m.

The space station is, of course, freshly stocked thanks to the historical flight of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. Included in that cargo on board is the science project of a Charles County high school student, exploring the effect of space on a species of roundworm.

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