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Watch the International Space Station fly over Baltimore Saturday evening

A prime chance to see the International Space Station fly overhead comes Saturday evening around Baltimore.

It will move across the center of the sky from southwest to northeast, appearing as a bright, steady light, almost like a star, moving slowly across the sky.

Look for it to rise above the southwestern horizon about 7:55 p.m. It will reach the center of the sky about 7:59 p.m., and disappear in the northeast about 8:03 p.m. It will actually darken behind Earth’s shadow just before reaching the horizon.

Perfectly clear skies are in the forecast for Saturday night.

On board are Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques; Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Kononenko, the space station’s current commander; and NASA astronauts Anne McClain, Nick Hague and Christina Koch.

Among the research projects the crew are conducting: inquiry into changes in the human body caused by microgravity, testing of free-flying robots, and study of the complex dynamics of the Earth’s atmospheric carbon cycle.

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