International Space Station Should Be Visible Saturday
We must always avail ourselves of the opportunity to witness events that inspire awe. Translation: watch cool things happen whenever you get the chance.
I'll never forget the feeling I had August 21st, 2017 as the sky darkened during the first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. Eerie an exhilarating is the best description I have for it.
I remember being out west, visiting relatives, back in the 80s when we got to view a meteor shower. Now, let me tell you...in New Mexico, it rarely rains. And even when it does, it STILL doesn't feel humid and then it's gone very quickly and the sky clears right back up.
You see, out there, even when it doesn't feel like it, you're at least a few thousand feet above sea level and, naturally, much closer to the stars than you are here. Coupled with the low humidity, it's perfect for stargazing.
I don't know how many times I've wished we had weather like that here when we're alerted to astronomical events that are most certainly worth our time.
Case in point, this Saturday will be the perfect opportunity to see the International Space Station as it soars above us. You see, we're expecting beautiful weather and clear skies each night.
But there's no need to guess when to set up the lawn chairs and dust off the binoculars. NASA has all that covered with a page on its website devoted to letting everyone know when the best time to view the ISS will be.
At SpottheStation.NASA.gov/sightings, you can enter any city and it will give you a list of the best viewing opportunities.
And it looks like we'll get the longest view of the space station Saturday evening at 7:38PM. About seven minutes.
Sounds like I need to get a coat and a camp chair and get ready.