Space Station FlyoversApril 12th, 2012 at 2:18 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
There’s a few decent flyovers of the International Space Station in the next few days. The one this this evening is at 9:01 PM. Look to the SW. The Station will just appear 10 degrees above the horizon and it’ll move nearly overhead, disappearing about 6 minutes later to the NE. Check out the schedule at flyovers of the Intl. Space here in West Michigan. Here’s a link to a map that shows where the space station is right now (takes a little while to open the page). Here’s another tracking map with the position of the sun. The Space Station circles the globe about every 93 minutes. It’s about the size of a football field and flies about 220 miles above the ground, about the distance between Grand Rapids and Indianapolis. Check out the list of Space Station Flyovers for West Michigan. Check out www.spaceweather.com for details on auroras, the number of sunspots, asteroid approaches and more. They have a picture and details of a fireball that occurred on Jupiter – video of that here. Sky and Telescope’s Sky at a Glance will show you the current position of the moon and planets. Venus continues to shine brightly to the west during the evening. Late tonight we’ll have a last quarter moon to the SE. You can also get the latest on West Michigan astronomical events from the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Assn. Thanks to Steve Schrier for finding these very cool high res. pics. of Planet Earth.