Three prime opportunities to view International Space Station ahead

There are three prime opportunities to see the International Space Station fly over Baltimore over the next week. For those who saw its last pass-over in October, the show should be just as spectacular.

In each case, look for a bright light more brilliant than a star but more distant than a plane, zipping steadily across the sky. You'll know it when you see it.

  • Tonight, the ISS will appear over the southwest horizon at 6:39 p.m., though it will be a brief show and could be obscured by clouds. The station will move northward in the sky before disappearing behind the earth's shadow at 6:42 p.m.
  • Wednesday night, the ISS will be at its brightest, appearing on the southwest horizon at 5:49 p.m. This time it will be moving toward the northeast, disappearing just before it reaches the east-northeast horizon at 5:54 p.m. The bright star near the point at which the ISS disappears is Jupiter.
  • Friday offers a third chance, at 5:45 p.m. Look to the west-southwest, and the ISS will again be moving toward the northeast, disappearing from view at 5:50 p.m.

Clear skies are in the forecast for Wednesday and Friday nights, so set yourself a reminder to go outside and take a look.

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.

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