International space station visible tonight

ISSHOLT, Fla., Jan. 19, 2020—Look! Up in the sky! It’s the international space station.

The ISS will be crossing the sky tonight for everyone in this area to see, as long as the clouds cooperate.

The station will be visible for three minutes at 6:20 p.m. as it crosses the sky from the southwest to the northeast.

Visible without a telescope or binoculars, the ISS looks like a fast-moving plane and is the third brightest object in the sky.

It doesn’t have any flashing lights, doesn’t change direction and travels faster than a plane.

The station’s visibility is a reflection of the sun’s light and is only visible to the naked eye at dusk and dawn.

In 24 hours, the station makes 16 orbits around the earth traveling through 16 sunrises and sunsets.

It’s 357 feet end-to-end, a yard short of a football field including end zones, but only 167 feet of that is pressurized.

Continuously operated since November 2000, 239 individuals from 19 countries have visited the space station.

Word of advice: Walk outside before 6:20 p.m. because the time is spot-on. A minute or so late, and the station will be gone.

Check out NASA’s ISS website to learn more about the station or to sign up for spotter alerts.

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