Late January ISS

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Late January ISS
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The International Space Station will be making some late January visible passes through Santa Barbara's evening skies, weather conditions, and orbital maneuvers permitting. Here's where to look for the brightest passes in this series. You can always get the latest predictions, including early morning appearances, at Heavens-Above:

On Saturday, January 19, the ISS will rise in the SW at 7:05 PM PST, and make a quick climb over our ocean horizon to fade out in the SSW at 7:07 PM, at an altitude of 31 degrees, a bit below Cetus, the Sea Monster.

On Sunday, just before the start of the umbral phases of the total lunar eclipse, the space station will make a long, low pass over our ocean horizon, starting at 6:13 PM in the S, passing through the feet of Orion, and disappearing in the Earth's shadow at 6:17 PM in the E by the bright star Procyon in Canis Minor, the Little Dog. The SB Astronomical Unit will be set up in the plaza by the theater at the Camino Real Marketplace to view the eclipse and our winter sky from about 7 PM to 11 PM.

Monday evening we'll have a bright pass which will rise at 6:57 PM in the WSW, and climb past the chest of Pegasus to vanish between Cassiopeia and her husband Cepheus in the NNW at an altitude of 45 degrees at 7 PM.

Tuesday's ISS pass will be the brightest of this sequence, rising at 6:05 PM in the SW and cruising high overhead to set in the NE at 6:11 PM, starting near the southern star Fomalhout, passing Mars, and ending near the northern star Capella.

On Wednesday, January 23, the station will appear in the W at 6:51 PM, sail by Enif, the nose of Pegasus, and Deneb, the tail of Cygnus, to vanish in the N at 6:54 PM just before reaching the bowl of the Little Dipper.

Thursday's pass will be a higher and brighter copy of Wednesday's trajectory, starting at 5:58 PM in the WSW, and ending in the NNE at 6:04 PM near the bowl of the Big Dipper.

On Friday, the ISS will rise at 6:45 PM in the NW and pass low over our mountains to set in the N at 6:47 PM below the Little Dipper, hanging bowl down from Polaris, the not-so-bright North Star.

Saturday's pass will be the last of this sequence, a brighter and slightly higher copy of Friday's pass, starting at 5:52 PM in the WNW, and setting at 5:56 PM in the NNE, by the Big Dipper.

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macpuzl Jan 21, 2019 12:14 AM
Late January ISS

We were set up at the Camino Real Marketplace (see Sunday ISS entry in article above), and had about 300 victims. The clouds were fairly polite about the whole thing.

ParvoPup Jan 20, 2019 10:10 PM
Late January ISS

Whats all this is hear about ISIS coming to Santa Barbara? Does the Mayor know? Has someone been informed? Will I need sandbags? Should I stock up on hummus dip at Trader Joes?

Potif Jan 20, 2019 11:42 PM
Late January ISS

Only a few small light clouds off and on during the eclipse! It was great viewing!!!

yin yang Jan 20, 2019 09:27 PM
Late January ISS

Glad I checked here, surprised MacPuzzle didn't make a dedicated thread -- but I love ya, man! ;-) Really. WOW, yes, it's FANTASTIC! Was thrilled this afternoon as wind blew high cloud cover away. So cool to watch the high clouds quickly change and break up during the first half. ============================================================================ I go outside for every full moon, this is Fantastic! Icing on the Cake! Very special event! Sorry, too enthusiastic. Going by this site for timing, heading back out:

yin yang Jan 20, 2019 09:34 PM
Late January ISS

Sheesh, I put my name to an overly enthusiastic post. LOL. Big cloud over the moon spread out instead of breaking up, as all have for the past hour or so. I go out every few minutes; I trust it will be gone for the waning half of the eclipse. I'm sure MacP is leading a viewing party. What a great evening, what a gorgeous sight!

Shasta Guy Jan 20, 2019 08:27 PM
Late January ISS

It’s really good. Get off your device and go outside. Just about everyone on the south coast will have a spectacular view!

Shasta Guy Jan 20, 2019 07:47 PM
Late January ISS

The eclipse is starting. There’s a mouse bite out of the moon. This will be a really good one.

EastBeach Jan 20, 2019 06:45 PM
Late January ISS

Tonight's lunar eclipse will be cool to see - looks like the weather is cooperating!

macpuzl Jan 19, 2019 06:57 PM
Late January ISS

Glad to. Enjoy! Sadly, the current cloud forecast looks a little gloomy for the ISS pass and eclipse tomorrow.

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