International Space Station flying over Baltimore

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March 16, 2012|By Scott Dance

Apologies for the late notice, but there's a nice opportunity to view the International Space Station on Saturday morning. Thanks to my predecessor, Frank Roylance, for the heads up.

Of course, the spacecraft is constantly orbiting the planet and coming into view multiple times a week, but chances to see it during somewhat normal waking hours and for more than a minute or two are more rare. That's not to mention the risk of cloud cover -- of which there will be some Saturday morning. It should be clear enough, I hope.

The space station will come into view at 6:36 a.m. in the southwest sky, just above the horizon, moving across the sky to the northeast. Look for an airplane-like light moving relatively swiftly across the sky. It will peak toward the southeast, about two-thirds of the way up the horizon toward the sky's zenith before disappearing from view at 6:42 a.m. in the east-northeast sky just above the horizon. (It appears and disappears above the horizon, not on it, because it moves into the earth's shadow as the sun sets for the astronauts on board.)

On board are two NASA astronauts, three Russian cosmonauts and one Dutch astronaut with the European Space Agency. Read more about the crew and their mission here on the NASA website.

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