Using Minneapolis as an example, there will be a brilliant pass of the ISS Sat. Dec. 3 starting about 6:18 p.m. local time. At just past 6:21 p.m., the station will fade out nearly overhead in the W of Cassiopeia when it enters Earth's shadow. Credit: Heavens Above/Chris Peat with additions by the author

Is That The Space Station Overhead? Heck Yeah!

December brings an entire month of evening space station passes for many locations in the northern hemisphere.  And because night comes quickly in this solstice month, lots of us will have the opportunity to spot it. You can always tell the International Space Station (ISS) apart from every other satellite by its sheer brilliance. When orbiting…
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Antares Cygnus visibility map. Credit: Orbital ATK

East Coast Alert: Spectacular Night Launch To The Space Station

If you live along the East Coast, it’s your lucky night. You just might have a ringside seat for a spectacular night launch to the space station. Orbital ATK’s upgraded Antares rocket will lift off at 7:40 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia coast. Assuming good weather, Antares will dispatch a Cygnus cargo ship to…
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Credit: Bob King

Falling Leaves And The Perpetually Falling Space Station

October. Leaves are turning and falling. Autumn winds pluck them from the trees and send them bouncing down downtown sidewalks. Gravity is the reason leaves fall down rather than up. Like a leaf forever falling, the International Space Station (ISS) spends every second descending toward Earth. With leaves, the ground gets in the way and they come to…
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A model of the Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft ( R) docking with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module (L). © Jason Lee / Reuters

See China’s Tiangong-1 Space Station Before It’s No More

China’s first space station, Tiangong-1 or Heavenly Palace, is out of control and doomed to fall to Earth in the second half of 2017. Should you worry? Not really. Two-thirds of the planet is covered in water and much of the remainder is either uninhabited or thinly so, making the chance of any one individual being…
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ISS. Credit: NASA

Weekend Space Station Extravaganza

Many of us have seen the the International Space Station (ISS) pass overhead at night. Maybe once a night. How would you like to see it five times in in the span of one evening? This weekend, you’ll have your chance. Passes starts a typical 6-minute run with an appearance low in the western sky traveling…
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