You Can See the Int’l Space Station from Balto., but You’ll Want to Consult This Crazy Chart First

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Sorry if the lighting looks weird. I took this with my phone.
Sorry if the lighting looks weird. I took this with my phone.

Thanks to the folks at North Baltimore Patch for pointing this out!

One of the many incredible things about the International Space Station is that you can frequently see it in the night sky, even in a dense urban area. But it’s tricky. It comes into view sporadically and is sometimes visible for less than a minute!

Luckily, NASA put together a pretty mind-blowing web application called Spot the Station that will give you two weeks’ worth of sightings from a given location on Earth.

The next time Baltimoreans will get a view is on Saturday at 6:28 p.m. when the station will be visible for one minute. If you miss it, you’ll have two tries on Sunday, a two-minute peek at 5:40 p.m. and seconds-long blink at 7:15.

You can even set your phone up to receive text messages that alert you to its imminent arrival.

Also, the ISS travels fast (17,000-some-odd miles per hours) and it looks like it! So the next time you see tiny white light traveling through the night sky at UFO-speed for up to four minutes, it’s probably not aliens. It’s probably the International Space Station!



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