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International Space Station Passes
updated: Apr 20, 2014, 12:29 PM
By Chuck McPartlin
There are some nice visible passes by the International Space
Station this week, and with the SpaceX Dragon resupply capsule
attached, the ISS should appear a tad brighter.
The first pass is a brief one. On Tuesday the ISS should rise in
the NW at 9:36 PM, and it will cruise by the bright yellow-white
star Capella and continue about halfway to the zenith in the WNW,
where it will enter the Earth's shadow and fade from view at 9:38.
Wednesday is predicted to have the brightest pass, rising in the
NW at 8:47 PM, and passing fairly high along our mountain horizon
to the ESE, where it will vanish when roughly between two bright
reddish-orange objects around 8:52. The one to the north is the
red giant star Arcturus, the Guardian of the Bear. The brighter one
to the south is the planet Mars. The ISS may even appear to redden
as it experiences sunset.
Thursday night will have two passes. At 7:59 PM, the first pass
will rise in the NNW, and go across our mountain horizon to set
in the E at 8:05. About 90 minutes later, the ISS will return in
the NNW at 9:36 PM, and climb to about 20 degrees of elevation by
9:38, when it will enter the Earth's shadow near Sirius, the
brightest star in the sky. Jupiter will be higher and brighter than
Sirius, but it's not a star.
Fridays's appearance will be in the WNW at 8:46 PM, and will go
across our southern, ocean horizon halfway to the zenith, and fade
in the SSE at 8:51 while still 20 degrees high.
This is ISS Expedition 39, and you can find out about it here.
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