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The ISS Returns!
updated: Jul 31, 2014, 12:00 PM

By Chuck McPartlin

We've had a drought of evening passes by the International Space Station, but we're about to get a solid week of nice appearances.

It all starts on Friday, August 1, when the ISS rises in the SSW at 9:20 PM and passes across our ocean horizon, where it disappears into the Earth's shadow in the SE at 9:23 PM, while still 39 degrees above the horizon.

There are two passes on Saturday, of roughly equal brightness. The first begins at 8:32 PM in the S, and it passes low across our ocean horizon to set at 8:37 PM in the E. It shows up again at 10:08 PM in the W, and passes decently high above our mountain horizon to the NNE, setting at 10:14 PM.

On Sunday, August 3, it rises at 9:19 PM in the WSW, and flies high across our mountain horizon to set in the NE at 9:25 PM.

Monday's first pass is predicted to be the brightest of this series, with the ISS rising at 8:30 PM in the SW, and passing almost overhead just south of our zenith to set in the NE at 8:37 PM. It rises on a second pass at 10:09 PM in the WNW, and goes low across our mountain horizon to set in the N at 10:12 PM.

Tuesday evening it rises at 9:19 PM in the W, and cruises low along our mountain horizon to set in the NNE at 9:24 PM.

On Wednesday, it will rise in the WSW at 8:29 PM, pass above our mountain horizon to the NNE, and set at 8:36 PM.

Thursday, August 7, it will rise in the NNW at 9:20, and quickly disappear a minute later, very low and not very bright.

The final evening pass of this sequence will rise on Friday at 8:30 in the WNW, and pass low across our mountain horizon to set in the N at 8:34 PM.

The current mission is Expedition 40: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/#.U9W9ICjPb8s

Hasta nebula - Chuck


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