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The ISS Returns
updated: Feb 22, 2014, 9:30 AM

By Chuck McPartlin

It's time again for the International Space Station to make some nice appearances in Santa Barbara's evening sky. These are just the best and brightest.

On Sunday, Feb 23, it will rise in the NW at 7:01 PM, and cruise to the ENE, where it will disappear into the Earth's shadow while still very high at 7:05 PM. This will be the brightest pass of the series, and is predicted to be a bit brighter than the planet Jupiter. It will be best viewed facing our mountain horizon.

On Monday, Feb 24, there will be two passes. The first starts in the NW at 6:13 PM, and disappears just above the E horizon at 6:18 PM, again across our mountain horizon. The second pass will be a bit dimmer, rising in the WNW at 7:49 PM, and entering shadow fairly high in the WSW at 7:52 PM. This one is best watched facing west. Zooming along at about 18,000 MPH, the station has gone around the world in 90 minutes, still catching some sunshine on the second visit. While we are still enjoying our Monday sunset, they've had a sunset, dawn, and second sunset.

The last decent pass will be on Tuesday, Feb 25, when the ISS will rise in the NW at 7 PM, and cruise to the SSE. This one is best seen facing our ocean horizon.

Read about Expedition 38 here.


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