We have a fun chance to spot the International Space Station all over East Texas on Friday night – and a bonus? The kids don’t have to stay up late to see it.
On Friday evening at 8:23 a.m., the ISS visible over Tyler for exactly 6 minutes.
Fortunately, the weather seems to cooperate with us in time for the event. According to our news partner KLTV, we’ll be covered in clouds all day, but they seem to clear up at 8 tonight.
Not in Tyler? No problem! Corresponding NASA, all of East Texas should be able to catch a glimpse of the ISS at 8:23 pm. You should look for something that looks like a fast moving airplane, says NASA. Of course, it won’t have lights or change direction and will move much faster than any other aircraft that may be in the area at the same time – it moves at a speed of 17,500 mph!
If you want to plan the moment to see the ISS, you don’t need a telescope at all. It can be seen with the naked eye.
The ISS has been in space for more than 15 years and orbits the earth 16 times a day! While this will be the longest opportunity to see the ISS, it is not our only time this week. The station will be visible again on Sunday, March 21st at 8:27 pm. The viewing window on Sunday is only 3 minutes, so you have to be quick.
Set your alarm clock to 8 and make sure you take the time to get up and look up!