Look Up: It's The International Space Station!

Photo buffs, please share: Patch is continuing its "Spot the Station" alerts as the International Space Station crosses our local skies.


Did you know you can sometimes see the International Space Station orbiting over your house in Menlo Park and Atherton? Wednesday night is one of those nights.

Space buffs know this, and there are a lot in this valley, with NASA Ames just down the road. No special equipment is needed, and, in fact, says Starry Skies Network, which has these viewing tips, a telescope would be an impediment. NASA's Glenn Research Center posts these tips.

Look up at 6:20 p.m. It should be visible for 6 minutes, appearing in the Northwest sky, and disappearing in the Southeast. As the third-brightest object in the sky, NASA promises it is easy to see, if you kow where to look. 

So here's where that is. NASA has supplied the following information via "Spot the Shuttle:"

Time: Wed Feb 27 6:20 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 80 degrees, Appears: NW, Disappears: SE


Universe Today has a great beginners' guide to viewing, which explains why you see the station at different times and orientations, and how viewings occur roughly every six weeks.

If you want alerts of when the space station will be orbiting overhead, sign up for alerts at NASA's "Spot The Station" site.

Photo buffs, if you get photos or video, please share them here with the community!

Gary Adams February 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM
The ISS is frequently visible from Newark. Check here: http://spaceflight1.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/cities/view.cgi?country=United_States&region=California&city=Newark to see when the ISS (and other major satellites) are visible.
Vanessa Castañeda February 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Cool. Thanks, Gary.


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