Space Station – AGAIN! Very bright over-flights over the next few days in SoCal.

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 Aug 22nd starting at approx 9:07pm will be one of the brighter ones – with the brightest one happening on Aug 25th at 8:17pm

Be sure to wave to the SIX astronauts/cosmonauts who are calling the ISS home right now. (note: there are currently nine people in space right now – three are on the Chinese space station)

Click on the date for each pass for further detail.

Date Start Highest point End
[Mag] Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
22 Aug -2.4 21:07:28 10° NNW 21:10:30 39° NNE 21:10:30 39° NNE
23 Aug -1.6 20:18:58 10° NNW 20:21:43 23° NE 20:23:39 15° E
23 Aug -0.5 21:55:28 10° WNW 21:56:32 17° W 21:56:32 17° W
24 Aug -3.0 21:06:23 10° NW 21:09:41 60° SW 21:09:45 60° SW
25 Aug -3.2 20:17:31 10° NW 20:20:50 66° NE 20:23:02 20° ESE
26 Aug -1.0 21:06:06 10° W 21:08:24 18° SW 21:09:17 16° SSW
27 Aug -1.8 20:16:35 10° WNW 20:19:38 33° SW 20:22:40 10° SSE
29 Aug -0.1 20:17:34 10° WSW 20:18:08 10° SW 20:18:41 10° SW

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

Photos of ISS passing by the Rose Bowl – Aug 5th 2013

I decided to head to the Rose Bowl to capture some photo’s of this very bright and very long overflight of the ISS. The ISS reached a brightness of Magnitude -3.

Slideshow of ISS passing by the Rose Bowl – Aug 5th 2013

I decided to head to the Rose Bowl to capture some photo’s of this very bright and very long overflight of the ISS. The ISS reached a brightness of Magnitude -3.

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