The International Space Station (ISS) will make its best and most visible pass over Northeast Ohio tonight.
“It literally will fly directly over North Eastern Ohio tonight,” said by Jay Reynolds, who is a research astronomer at Cleveland State University.However the ISS passes over us several times a day, 254 miles up.
The pass will happen At 10:13 p.m. on Friday night, and will rise in the northwest. About five minutes later, the ISS will fade at 40 degrees east, southeast.so Reynolds suggests turning your eyes to the sky around 10:11.
“Look towards the west, where the sunset was,” Reynolds suggested. “Keeping watching, as it rises out of Lake Erie and begins its long climb.”Reynolds said it will look like the brightest star in the sky, and it will move quicker than any airplane.Do not look for blinking lights, as the ISS does not have any like planes do.
Reynolds offers these tips to get the best view:
- Binoculars: If you use binoculars, you will have to stabilize yourself in some manner. Laying on the grass works very well. You will not see a dot, but clearly, you will see some shape to this.
- Camera: with a zoom lens of 400mm+ will yield some results.
- Telescope: You definitely will see shape and even some detail, but it is not easy to track the object. You begin to appreciate and realize, how fast this is moving across the sky.
Here are Reynold’s exact instructions on where to look:
- 10:13 Rises from the northwest
- 10:17 Peaks Nearly straight over head (87 degrees)
- 10:18 Begins to FADE 40 degrees up east-south-east