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ISS Cruising Above
updated: May 31, 2014, 12:45 PM

By Chuck McPartlin

The International Space Station will be cruising by Santa Barbara's evening skies again this week. No special viewing equipment is needed to see it, as it's 300 feet across, and quite bright when the Sun is shining on it.

The first and brightest pass will be on Sunday, June 1, rising in the SW at 9:59 PM, and passing almost directly overhead from horizon to horizon, setting in the NE at 10:05 PM.

Monday night, it will rise in the SSW at 9:10 PM and pass across our ocean horizon about half way to the zenith, setting in the ENE at 9:16 PM. One orbit later, it will rise again in the WNW at 10:47 PM, much dimmer, and pass across our mountain horizon, setting in the NNE at 10:52 PM.

On Tuesday evening, it will rise in the W at 9:58 PM and again cruise along our mountain horizon, but a bit higher and brighter, setting in the NNE at 10:04 PM.

On Wednesday, the ISS will rise in the WSW at 9:09 PM, and pass along our mountain horizon about half way to the zenith, and set in the NE at 9:15 PM.

These are just the brightest evening passes. If you're up before dawn, or don't mind looking for dimmer and lower passes, you can find a bunch more on websites like Heavens-Above.com

Hasta nebula,


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