A friend brought to our attention the fact that the International Space Station would be visible in its orbit around the earth this week, so after supper tonight we all ran out to watch the sky. We saw it! At Heavens Above you can chart the times of visibility for your city or coordinates:
Under "Configuration" find your location by selecting it from the map. Click where you live. Now scroll down, and below the map enter the name of your town if you like, and correct time zone. Now click "Submit".
Under "Satellites", click on 10 day prediction for ISS. The next page is a chart that tells you the dates and times of the space station's visibility from where you are, its magnitude (the lower the number, the brighter it will appear), the height at which it will first appear in degrees from the horizon, and the compass direction in which you should first look for it. The chart will also tell you how long the ISS will appear in the sky, the angle at which it will reach its maximum altitude, and where it will again fade away into the earth's shadow.
The space station is only visible for a few minutes, so search quickly for it!
Little boys (and big boys, maybe even girls!) will love this tour of the inside of the International Space Station, as well:
(Sorry about the music.)
There it is!!!