Here’s How to See the International Space Station Fly Over Your City Tonight
East Coast residents will have the chance to get an up-close view of the International Space Station today.
The ISS will be passing over locations that include Charleston, Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston this afternoon, giving you a chance to gaze at the world’s biggest artificial satellite.
Thanks to its massive size, the ISS is visible with the naked eye, and makes for quite the view.
For those in Charleston, Raleigh, Richmond, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, the ISS will pass starting at 5:34 p.m. this afternoon. In Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Portland, the flyover will start at 5:35 p.m.
Since the ISS, which orbits roughly 254 miles above Earth, will travel at speeds of 17,500 miles per hour in the sky on Wednesday. But ou’ll have to be quick to catch it, as it will only be visible for anywhere from about three to four minutes, depending on your viewing location.
In most cities, the ISS will be hanging at 80 to 85 degrees, meaning it’ll be flying directly overhead and can be seen from practically anywhere when you’re looking up at the sky, according to NASA.
In Charleston, Raleigh, and Portland, where the ISS will be flying lower on the horizon, you'll want to get to an open field to prevent obstruction from buildings and tress.
An early sunset today will also provide ideal viewing conditions, according to NBC, since the sunlight's reflection off of the ISS' exterior helps make it more visible in the sky.
If you miss today's event, the ISS will be passing over these cities later on in the week as well. To know exactly which direction the ISS will be flying in over your city today,, and when you can catch it next, head to NASA's Spot the Station.