International Space Station for the Equinox
By Chuck McPartlin
The International Space Station is back in Santa Barbara’s skies to celebrate the beginning of Autumn and the latest loony prophecy for the end of the world. To get the most recent predictions, at least for the ISS, visit Heavens Above.
On Saturday, September 23, the ISS will rise in the SSW at 8:06 PM, in the stinger of Scorpius, and pass over our ocean horizon to enter the Earth’s shadow in Aquarius at 8:09 PM in the SE.
The first pass on Sunday will appear in the S at 7:14 PM, and cruise low across the ocean to vanish in the E at 7:19 PM, just below the Great Square of Pegasus. The ISS will pop up again near the Moon in the WSW at 8:50 PM, and climb briefly past bright orange Arcturus to disappear in the Ice Cream cone of Bootes in the WNW at 8:52 PM.
Monday’s pass will be the best and brightest, rising at 7:57 PM in the SW and cruising high across the dim constellations Hercules and Draco, setting in the NE between Cassiopeia and Perseus at 8:03 PM.
On Tuesday, September 26, the station will appear in the WNW at 8:43 PM and cruise our mountain horizon past Arcturus and along the Big Dipper, vanishing just past the bowl in the NNW at 8:46 PM.
Wednesday’s appearance will share a similar path, rising in the W at 7:49 PM, and going all the way to Perseus in the NNE to set at 7:55 PM.
There will not be a visible evening pass on Thursday.
Friday’s path will be a lower repeat of Wednesday’s, rising in the WNW at 7:42 PM, and setting in the N at 7:46 PM.