It was as bright as the brightest star in the sky Tuesday night. The International Space Station (ISS) made a prime pass right over the Midwest Tuesday evening.
The pass began in the southwest sky, allowing you to see the planet Venus nearby. The ISS is just as bright when you are viewing.
How will you tell the difference? Venus won't be speeding across the sky at warp speed. The bright MOVING object is the Space Station. It takes about 5 minutes to reach its peak in the night sky directly above you. Soon after that, the ISS moves out of the light and fades very quickly.
Didn't see the show Tuesday? Don't worry. The Space Station makes more passes across Kansas and Missouri this week.
Thursday evening will provide another show. That will begin at 7:28 p.m. with the satellite appearing in the southwest sky. It will then skirt across the sky before fading at 7:34 p.m. in the northeast sky.
On Friday, the ISS pass begins at 8:19 p.m. in the northwest sky. The pass will end 2 minutes later in the north sky.
Another VERY BRIGHT viewing opportunity occurs this Saturday. The satellite will first appear around 7:31 p.m. in the northwest west sky. it will travel directly overhead and then fade in the northeast sky at 7:35 p.m.. Enjoy!
For more information on viewing times in our area, visit http://1.usa.gov/19oeiiU.