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Look for space station flyover Thursday night

Look for space station flyover Thursday night

Credit: Getty Images

IN SPACE - JULY 12: In this handout image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Earth's horizon and the moon can be seen from the International Space Station (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

by KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill

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Posted on June 5, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:35 AM

The International Space Station was visible over the Northwestern skies Wednesday night and will be flying over again Thursday night.

Look for an object similar to an airplane in the sky, but higher and moving more quickly. Look to the west-southwest at 84 degrees Thursday evening at 9:41 and track the flight to the northeast at 52 degrees. 

The station should be visible for seven minutes. The brightness will be a magnitude -3, which equals the brightness of Venus. 

The space station orbits earth at 240 miles high and moves at 17,500 mph. It's roughly the size of a football field. The brightness we can see is made possible by sunlight shining on the station's metallic modules and enormous solar panels.

 

You will know it when you see it. I have seen the station from my backyard several times. 

Enjoy the view!

Meteorologist Rod Hill, follow me @

www.facebook.com/kgwrodhill

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