End of Spring ISS
By Chuck McPartlin
The International Space Station will make a long series of visible evening passes through Santa Barbara’s skies for the next two weeks. Its orbit can change at times, so to get the latest and most complete predictions, including morning passes, visit Heavens Above.
On Tuesday, May 26, the ISS will make a brief low pass over our mountains, appearing in the NNW at 11:32 PM PDT, and fading away a minute later while still in the dim expanse of Camelopardalis, the Giraffe.
On Wednesday, it will make a slightly longer pass, starting in the N at 10:45 PM, and vanishing in the NNE at 10:46 PM, between Cassiopeia and Cepheus.
There will be two passes on Thursday. The station will rise at 9:58 PM in the NNE and pass low over the mountains to fade away at 9:59 PM in the NE above Deneb in Cygnus. It will appear again on its next orbit at 11:32 PM in the NW for a brief climb before disappearing into our shadow at 11:33 PM in Lynx.
Friday's pass will start in the NNW at 10:45 PM in Camelopardalis, and cruise almost to Polaris before vanishing at 10:47 PM in the N.
We'll get a longer pass on Saturday, with the ISS rising at 9:57 PM in the NNW near bright Capella, passing low over our mountains, and setting in the NE in the upper wing of Cygnus at 10:01 PM.
On Sunday, we will again see two passes. The first will start at 9:10 PM in the N, ending at 9:14 PM in the ENE, a higher and longer version of Saturday's path. Then it will reappear at 10:46 PM in the NW, popping up by Castor and Pollux, the heads of Gemini, for a brief climb that fades out at 10:47 PM.
June 1 will have the brightest pass, rising in the NW at 9:58 PM in Auriga, passing by the nose of Ursa Major, then between the Big and Little Dipper, and fading away at 10:01 PM in the ENE as it nears the Keystone of Hercules.
On Tuesday the station will start at 9:10 PM in the NNW for a longer, lower repeat of the previous night's trajectory, from Capella to below Polaris, along the upper body of Draco, and above bright Vega to disappear in the E at 9:15 PM near Rasalhague, the head of Ophiuchus, the 13th constellation of the zodiac. At 10:47 PM it will briefly skim for a minute from Gemini to below Regulus low in the W.
On Wednesday, the ISS will rise at 9:59 PM in the WNW, pass below Castor and Pollux, and cruise between Leo and Hydra to vanish just before reaching sail-shaped Corvus in the SW at 10:02 PM.
Thursday's pass will be bright and high, rising in the NW in Auriga at 9:11 PM, soaring above Gemini and along the back of Leo, then above Spica in Virgo, and fading out near the head of Scorpius in the SE at 9:16 PM.
The ISS will skip a day, returning on Saturday, June 6 at 9:12 PM in the W, passing low through Gemini, below dim Mercury, above Procyon, and then below the length of Hydra, the biggest constellation, and setting in Centaurus low in the S at 9:17 PM.