Photos of the ISS flying by Pasadena on 02-26 and 02-27 2013

These are some photos I took of the International Space Station as it passed overhead on February 26th and 27th 2013.

All photos 8 second exposure ISO 400, F5.6, mostly 50mm.

The International Space Station visible to Southern California in the evening for next few days

The International Space Station The International Space Station will be a special treat for all of us in Southern California over the next several days. We will have some truly spectacular “fly-overs” for some of the brightest passes theoretically possible (the brightness is determined by how the space station – and particularly their football-pitch sized solar panels – happen to be aligned with the sun).

For those of you who may be new to viewing it the ISS will be visible as one of the brightest (mostly the brightest) star-like object in the sky as it passes approx 200 miles overhead at over 17000 mph. The table below gives a lot of information about each visible pass including when and where to look.  The lower the Mag number the brighter the ISS will be.  So for example the pass on Wednesday Feb 27 starting at approx 6:22pm will be one of the brighter ones.

Be sure to wave to the SIX astronauts who are calling the ISS home right now.

Click on the date for each pass for further detail.

Start Highest point End Pass type
[Mag] Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
26 Feb -2.5 19:12:29 10° WNW 19:15:44 49° SW 19:16:47 34° S Visible
27 Feb -3.3 18:21:46 10° NW 18:25:07 76° NE 18:28:27 10° SE Visible
28 Feb -0.4 19:08:36 10° W 19:10:46 16° SW 19:12:55 10° SSW Visible
01 Mar -1.4 18:17:13 10° WNW 18:20:14 32° SW 18:23:16 10° SSE Visible

All of the predictions above provided by where you can get your own predictions for this and many other neat things to see in the sky above you.