More Spy Satellite Passes, Eclipse Update

(Photo: An SM-3 missile is launched from a U.S. Navy ship. U.S. Navy handout image)

Here’s an update on the visibility of spy satellite USA-193. Rough weather in the Pacific Ocean looks likely to postpone the planned mission to shoot it down with an SM-3 missile. That means we’ll have another opportunity or two to see the ailing spacebird. Last night, it made a fine pass over the Twin Ports and was as bright as one of the stars of the Big Dipper. Here are times and directions for passes tonight and tomorrow night:


* Look southwest at 6:37 p.m. and watch for a moving point of light headed toward the northeast. USA-193 will be brightest and highest at 6:40 p.m. and then fade.

Tomorrow Thursday

* Appearing in the west-southwest at 6:29 p.m., brightest at 6:31 p.m. in the northwest and disappearing at 6:33 p.m.

Weather prospects tonight are good for both satellite viewing and the total lunar eclipse. I’ll be out there and post a few photos tomorrow morning. Remember: applauding the eclipse will help keep you warm.