Posted: Apr 16, 2013 8:36 AM by Meteorologist Matt Elwell
Updated: Apr 16, 2013 9:10 AM
There are two opportunities tonight to watch the International Space Station fly through the Montana skyline. It isn't a rare occurrence, but both observations are considered ‘very bright' according to spaceweather.com.
The first viewing is at 8:42 PM through 8:45 PM. The second opportunity is from 10:19 PM through about 10:22 PM. Both flybys are can be seen by looking to the west/northwest. The first passing should be seen at a max elevation above the horizon of around 29°. The second pass at 10:19 will be more visible at 38° above the horizon.
If you have not seen the ISS in the night sky before, the best advice is to look in the general direction that the ISS is expected to come from and watch for the only light in the sky that appears to be moving. It is amazing how quickly the ISS streaks across the sky.
The one hurdle to see the ISS this evening is a major one. We are likely to have a mostly cloudy to partly cloudy sky tonight. Rest assured that there are other opportunities to see the ISS this week though. The 17th the ISS will cross the sky at 9:28 PM and 11:05 PM under partly cloudy skies and on the 18th; we should see the space station at 8:38 PM and 10:15 PM.
For more information on other times to view the International Space Station, you can visit spaceweather.com/flybys/