The International Space Station’s orbit around Earth is again aligned to pass through Baltimore’s night skies, and it may peek out through the clouds over the next four nights, unlike other recent viewing opportunities.
Each night, the spacecraft will appear above the northeast horizon and move southeast. Here is when you can look:
- Thursday night at 6:12 p.m., crossing through the "Small Dipper" before disappearing in the Earth's shadow at 6:16 p.m.
- Friday at 5:22 p.m., moving low in the northern sky until 5:28 p.m.
- Saturday at 6:09 p.m., though clouds dropping wintry precipitation will likely hide the view.
- Sunday at 5:19 p.m., passing through the constellation Cassiopeia and right by the bright planet Jupiter before setting at 5:25 p.m.
A new mission aboard the space station began in October. NASA astronaut Kevin Ford is the new commander, leading a crew that includes on other NASA astronaut, three Russian cosmonauts and a Canadian Space Agency astronaut. Read more about the crew on NASA's website.