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November 09, 2006|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

Funny how tips on International Space Station flyovers stir more e-mail than the weather. Fran Henschen of Parkton enjoys watching the station, but wonders why it might fly out of the southwest one night, the northwest on another. She asks: "Does its orbit change, or is it the Earth's movement?" It's the Earth. The station orbits at a fixed 51.6-degree tilt relative to the equator, taking it from far northern to far southern latitudes. As our planet turns beneath it, we might encounter the space station headed northeast or southeast.

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