ISS flyover tonight

labmansid
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Tonight, 3/23/18, the International Space Station will make a very bright pass almost directly overhead for the B/CS area. It will first become visible in the SW sky around 8:40PM, appear close to directly overhead at 8:45PM, before disappearing to the NE shortly after 8:47PM.Hopefully clouds will not interfere.
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I initially read this as ISIS flyover tonight. That would have been a little more alarming.
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Captn_Ag05 said:

I initially read this as ISIS flyover tonight. That would have been a little more alarming.
Yeah, that would be a bit alarming. I'm also not sure we would have that much warning in that case.
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Thanks for the info. We are camping at our farm in Falls County waiting to see it. Clouds finally cleared here.
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Light cloud cover over south CS. Nothing but the moon. Thanks for posting.
MosesHallRAB83
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Was able to see it here in west Bryan despite a thin cloud cover.
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Not for us in South cs. We saw it. It was directly overhead when we first saw it. Light cloud cover interfered a little for us but still saw it. Thanks, op!
GottaRide
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Thanks, OP! That was awesome!
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Did it look like a really fast moving airplane?
If so, I saw it.
"Gimme a diablo sandwhich and a dr. pepper...to go"
labmansid
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Buford T. Justice said:

Did it look like a really fast moving airplane?
If so, I saw it.
It does resemble an airplane flying over, but with a steady single light, no blinking or dual lights like most planes.

I stepped outside of work for a couple of minutes, but between the slight cloud cover and all the lights from town, all I could make out was the rather fuzzy moon. Glad some of you got to see it.
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It looks like a very fast moving aircraft, bright white and not blinking. And completely silent. Our Troop was able to view it in their campout this evening.
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It was cool when the space shuttle was flying. If they were about to dock or had just undocked, both of them were visible just a short distance away from each other. Got to see that a couple of times.
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Tonight's fly over was AMAZINGLY bright the best I had ever seen. I signed up for the emails but forgot to post a reminder here. Was at 9:05 basically went right down Hwy 6 from North to South.
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Gee, thanks for the heads up . . .
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Time: Fri Apr 13 8:11 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 42, Appears: 11 above NNW, Disappears: 10 above ESE

How to sign up for "spot the station" alerts!
labmansid
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Got a couple more opportunities coming up tomorrow, 5/22.

Kind of late notice for the first, but here it is. Starts around 5:29AM in the NW, and ends in the SE at 5:39AM. Maximum brightness of -4.2magnitude at 5:34, so pretty darn bright.

Next pass starts at 20:28 in the SW, and ends at 20:38 in the NE. Maximum brightness of -4.0magnitude at 20:33, so again a nice bright pass.

Weather permitting, as always.
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labmansid said:

Got a couple more opportunities coming up tomorrow, 5/22.

Kind of late notice for the first, but here it is. Starts around 5:29AM in the NW, and ends in the SE at 5:39AM. Maximum brightness of -4.2magnitude at 5:34, so pretty darn bright.

Next pass starts at 20:28 in the SW, and ends at 20:38 in the NE. Maximum brightness of -4.0magnitude at 20:33, so again a nice bright pass.

Weather permitting, as always.
So, if there's bad weather, where does the ISS go?
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Time: Fri Jun 08 9:54 PM, Visible: 3 min, Max Height: 43, Appears: 19 above NNW, Disappears: 36 above E
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Took my 5 month-old out to watch, thanks!
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Thanks dubi...always fun to get out to watch it. Great viewing tonight.
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ime: Sun Jun 10 9:46 PM, Visible: 3 min, Max Height: 54, Appears: 27 above WNW, Disappears: 31 above SSE
csag97
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Some great viewing this weekend...especially Friday nt!

Did anyone else see the article on the (3) new astronauts that boarded it Friday morning? Was cool to see it Friday nt and think about their first "night in space"! Pretty amazing feat of mankind when you think about all of it.
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Taught the current commander how to fly. Great guy
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Time: Mon Jun 11 8:54 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 59, Appears: 30 above NNW, Disappears: 11 above SE
dubi
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Time: Sat Jul 21 5:24 AM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 84, Appears: 11 above NW, Disappears: 10 above SE
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Time: Thu Aug 09 9:45 PM, Visible: 2 min, Max Height: 72, Appears: 29 above NW, Disappears: 69 above SSW
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dubi said:

Time: Thu Aug 09 9:45 PM, Visible: 2 min, Max Height: 72, Appears: 29 above NW, Disappears: 69 above SSW


Quick question...why is there not a correlation between the max height and the length of time it is visible? Seems like the higher in the sky, the longer the visible trajectory should be...yet at 72 degrees only visible 2 minutes. Is it due to the sun dropping below the ISS's horizon?

Also, what is the greatest component in regards to how bright the ISS appears?
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JimInBCS said:

dubi said:

Time: Thu Aug 09 9:45 PM, Visible: 2 min, Max Height: 72, Appears: 29 above NW, Disappears: 69 above SSW


Quick question...why is there not a correlation between the max height and the length of time it is visible? Seems like the higher in the sky, the longer the visible trajectory should be...yet at 72 degrees only visible 2 minutes. Is it due to the sun dropping below the ISS's horizon?

Also, what is the greatest component in regards to how bright the ISS appears?


I have no idea. Someone with much more knowledge will need to answer.
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I assume it has to do with there only being a small timeframe where it gets sunlight before the earth blocks it out.
JimInBCS
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Thanks anyway...appreciate you posting the reminders.
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Pretty good pass in spite of the clouds.
JimInBCS
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dubi said:

Time: Thu Aug 09 9:45 PM, Visible: 2 min, Max Height: 72, Appears: 29 above NW, Disappears: 69 above SSW


Was as bright tonight as I've ever seen it, even with the light haze.
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Time: Fri Aug 10 8:52 PM, Visible: 5 min, Max Height: 46, Appears: 16 above NNW, Disappears: 16 above ESE
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Tonight's pass. It should be pretty bright. -3.3 magnitude




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This is the site that I use. Are yall's any better?

https://heavens-above.com/?lat=30.628&lng=-96.3344&loc=College+Station&alt=104&tz=CST

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