ISS Cruising Above During the Holiday
By Chuck McPartlin
The International Space Station will be cruising through Santa Barbara's evening skies as we're eating turkey and leftovers. And if you see a meteor, just remember it may really be their leftovers! To get the most recent predictions, visit Heavens Above.
On Thanksgiving Day, the ISS will make a brief low pass out over the ocean, rising in the SSE at 6:04 PM, and fading out at 6:05 PM.
On Friday, it will jump up in the SW at 6:46 PM, and disappear just before reaching the Moon at 6:48 PM.
On Saturday, the station will rise in the SSW at 5:54 PM, pass near the star Fomalhaut, and enter the Earth's shadow near the head of Cetus, the Sea Monster, in the E at 5:58 PM. Fomalhaut is known to have a planet and an asteroid belt of sorts, and is about 25 light years away.
On Sunday, November 26, the ISS will appear in the WSW at 6:38 PM, and cruise past the bright star Vega to vanish in the NE at 6:41 PM.
On Monday it will make the best pass of this sequence, rising in the SW at 5:46 PM, sailing high overhead along the eastern side of the Summer Triangle, and fading away near bright Capella in the NE at 5:51 PM.
Tuesday's pass will be low over our mountain horizon, showing up at 6:31 PM in the WNW, and going away at 6:34 PM in the NNW just below the bowl of the Little Dipper.
On Wednesday the ISS will make a higher and brighter pass all along the mountains, appearing at 5:38 PM in the WSW and setting in the NNE at 5:44 PM.
The ISS will make one more low appearance on Friday, December 1, rising at 5:31 PM in the WNW, and disappearing at 5:35 PM in the N.
Remember to look up and wave!