CLEVELAND - It was as bright as the brightest star in the sky Tuesday night. The International Space Station (ISS) made a prime pass right over northern Ohio Tuesday evening.
The pass began at 8:28 p.m. EDT in the southwest sky, allowing you to see the planet Venus nearby. The ISS is just as bright when you are viewing. How will you tell the difference? Venus won't be speeding across the sky at warp speed. The bright MOVING object is the Space Station. It takes about 5 minutes to reach its peak in the night sky directly above you. That occurred at 8:33 p.m. EDT. Soon after that, the ISS moves out of the light and fades very quickly.
Didn't see the show Tuesday? Don't worry. The Space Station makes more passes across northern Ohio this week.
Wednesday evening will provide another show. That will begin at 7:40 p.m. with the satellite appearing in the southwest sky. It will then skirt across the sky before fading at 7:50 p.m. in the northeast sky.
On Thursday, check out the west-southwest sky starting at 8:30 p.m. The pass will end at 8:34 p.m.
On Friday, the ISS pass begins at 7:42 p.m. in the southwest sky. The pass will end 6 minutes later at 7:48 p.m. in the northeast sky.
Another VERY BRIGHT viewing opportunity occurs this Saturday. The satellite will first appear at sunset, 6:59 p.m. in the southwest sky. It will be quick! it will travel directly overhead and then fade in the northeast sky at 7:01 p.m.. Enjoy!
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