ISS Flyover TonightApril 9th, 2014 at 1:53 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
We have an excellent flyover of the International Space Station tonight at 8:40 pm. Look to the southwest, about halfway up from the horizon (44°). The ISS will appear and move toward you, coming nearly directly overhead…then moving away to the northeast and disappearing into the Earth’s shadow at 11 degrees above the ENE horizon. You’ll be able to see the ISS for about 4 minutes. There are more viewing opportunities coming up, so look at the schedule here. 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 www.spaceweather.com for details on auroras, the number of sunspots, asteroid approaches and more. Sky and Telescope’s Sky at a Glance will show you the current position of the moon and planets. 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.
Also, Mars is (relatively) very close to Earth now, and easy to spot as it moves across the sky from east to west during the night. Venus is a bright, early morning “star”. Here’s This Week’s Sky at a Glance.
Death Valley hit the 100-degree mark on Tuesday for the first time since September 25, 2013. Heavy rains soak the Southern U.S. This is the first year on record (since 1950) in which there was not an EF3+/F3+ tornado prior to April 9 in the US. Global sea ice area 6th highest on record for the date, 11,000 Manhattans above normal. Red Sprites!
Also…check this out…How Deep is the Black Box (which is really orange).