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Our Favorite Satellite Is Back — Hello ISS!

18 Sep 2019, 18:28 UTC
Our Favorite Satellite Is Back — Hello ISS!
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In this time exposure taken from the International Space Station lights in Europe you can see the lights of Europe below and star trails above. NASA
Now through early October northern hemisphere skywatchers can see the International Space Station pass over your house, apartment or tent at dusk. Southern hemisphere observers can catch it at dawn. Dusk comes much earlier now as we approach fall. Sunsets are around 7:15 with dark skies by 8:30-9 p.m. I can’t get over how easy it’s become to observe the night sky. No more waiting until 11:30 p.m.
A run of evening ISS passes starts with a few low “swipes” across the southern sky, but the altitude of the passes increases as does the frequency later this week into next. On some nights you’ll see an early pass followed by a second one about 90 minutes later. When the astronauts look down from above they see a darkened Earth aglow with “campfires” of artificial lighting concentrated in cities across the planet.
The six-member Expedition 60 crew is gathered together for dinner inside the galley of the Zvezda service module on Sept. 11, 2019. Once space travel is common I suspect that many rock bands ...

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