If you live on the east coast or southeast of the United States and the sky is clear tonight, stick your head out the window and there is a good chance you will see the International Space Station above you.
The unique spectacle lasts a full six minutes, and thanks to the bright reflection of the sun on the outside of the station, you don’t need a special kit to see it. NASA says it’s easy to spot and describes it as “a very bright star moving across the sky”.
Check out the graphic in the tweet below for detailed information on when it will come to your neighborhood.
Live in the southeast or east coast of the United States? When the weather is clear, you can see a 6-minute flyover of the @Space_Station across the night sky tonight.
For more information and notifications on # SpotTheStation sightings, go to: https://t.co/MGJIkympUx pic.twitter.com/CQairfXb46
̵1; NASA (@NASA), July 14, 2020
The space station orbits Earth at a height of around 250 miles and currently houses five astronauts, including NASA’s Chris Cassidy, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. Hurley and Behnken arrived aboard Crew Dragon in late May, SpaceX’s first astronaut launch and the first crew-based launch since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011. Behnken and Cassidy were busy performing several Space walks in the past few weeks, another is planned for Thursday.
If you miss the space station that passes over you tonight, or lives in another part of the United States – or even elsewhere in the world – there is a good chance that the orbiting outpost will pass over you in the near future while it is Earth circled further. This article on digital trends contains everything you need to know to get an insight.