Space station watchers are back in business again starting tomorrow morning with a 6:34 a.m. pass in the southern sky as seen from the Duluth region. This several-week-long ‘season’ of visibility features grazes of the moon and bright star Vega and a sudden appearance of the station at the zenithÂ as it exits Earth’s shadow.
I’ve listed times for the Duluth region below, but you can always to to Heavens Above or Spaceweather’s Flyby page for precise times for your town. Although you’ll see the International Space Station alternately in the southern or northern sky, it always travels from west to east and appears as a very bright, unblinking star with a slight yellowish tint.
Times are Central Daylight:
* Tomorrow morning starting at 6:34 a.m. in the south-southeastern sky.Â Slices right atopÂ the moon’s edgeÂ two minutes later.
* Sunday March 27 at 5:52 a.m. across the south-southeastern sky
* Tuesday March 29 at 6:18 a.m. A high, bright pass in the south. The station will pass directly
in front of the bright star Vega just after 6:21.
* Wednesday March 30 at 5:12 a.m. across the south-southeast
* Thursday March 31 at 5:37 a.m. Brilliant pass across the top the of the sky.
* Friday April 1 at 6:03 a.m. Bright pass across the northern sky. Zips
directly under Polaris just before 6:06.
* Saturday April 2 at 5:37 a.m. The ISS will “appear out of nowhere”
directly overhead at that time as itÂ exits fromÂ Earth’s shadow and moves
We’ve had a couple of very clear, calmÂ nights here this week. They’ve made for great skywatching and photography but also for daylight surprises like this morning’s frost. Huge, fan-like ice crystals covered every exposed surface and added a special sparkle to the start of the day.