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Space Station Will Be Visible Twice Wednesday

International Space Station will be visible twice Wednesday and once Thursday.

While the evening will be mostly cloudy, the space station may still be visible at two different times Wednesday. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
While the evening will be mostly cloudy, the space station may still be visible at two different times Wednesday. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Stargazers, take note.

Look up at the evening skies Wednesday for a glimpse at the International Space Station, which will make an appearance twice over the area within a span of two hours.

While the evening will be mostly cloudy, the space station may still be visible at two different times.

The first sighting will happen at 4:51 p.m. for three minutes. The station will appear in its orbit in the southeast, achieving its maximum height of 22 degrees before disappearing in the east.

The space station will appear again at 6:26 p.m. for one minute, appearing in the west and rising to 41 degrees before falling in the northwest.

If it's too cloudy to see it Wednesday, try again Thursday at 5:37 p.m. when the cloud cover lightens. It will appear in the west-southwest and reach a maximum height on 70 degrees before setting in the northeast.

It is the third-brightest object in the sky behind the sun and moon, and is easy to see when you know where to look, according to a website that offers email alerts when it is set to pass overhead.

"The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, though one with people living and working aboard it more than 200 miles above the ground. It is best viewed on clear nights," said the website.

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