Look up, Charlotte! It’s the Intl. Space Station

Look up, Charlotte! It’s the Intl. Space Station

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Look up, Charlotte! It’s the Intl. Space Station

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by WCNC.com staff

WCNC.com

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Residents of the Queen City will be able to spot the International Space Station flying over the city a few times in the next week.

The ISS should be visible for about four minutes starting around 5:35 p.m. Thursday. For those particularly scientific Charlotteans, it will appear at 41 degrees above W and disappear at 11 degrees above NE.

There’s another viewing opportunity that should last less than a minute at starting at 7:13 p.m.

More chances appear on Friday, Saturday and Monday evenings.

NASA actually determines the best times to see the ISS several times a week.

Whenever you do try to see it, the farther you can get from lights or the big city, the better.  The ISS is as big as a football field, but will look like a pin of light, a star that does not blink moving very steadily across the night sky.  In reality the ISS is moving at more than 17,000 MPH about 230 miles above Earth.  Price tag = $150,000,000,000.

See all the details here.

 

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