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Families: Watch the International Space Station fly overhead

The International Space Station is seen from the departing space shuttle Atlantis in May 2010.
The International Space Station is seen from the departing space shuttle Atlantis in May 2010. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The International Space Station makes several passes over the Bellingham area in the early evening this weekend, a perfect time to step outside and watch it sail overhead.

The station is at 9:19 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, moving west to east at 69 degrees elevation; at 10:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, moving west to east at 46 degrees elevation; at 9:09 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, moving west to southeast at 73 degrees elevation; and at 9:51 p.m. Sunday. Aug. 16, moving west to south at 26 degrees elevation.

ISS appears as a golden dot traveling across the celestial plane. It’s bright enough that it can be seen in Bellingham despite the glare of city lights.

To see when the station will be visible, go online to spotthestation.nasa.gov and navigate to your location or download the free ISS Spotter app for your smartphone.

NASA offers news and photos of the ISS. The ISS Spotter features a real-time tracking graphic, in addition to viewing tips and an alarm to remind you when it’s passing overhead.

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