Sunday, July 29, 2001

The International Space Station will cross over Hawaii
skies this week. It will be visible in the clear night sky.

Space station to
appear over
Hawaii this week

Prime viewing times will occur
between tonight and Thursday

Star-Bulletin staff

The International Space Station will streak across Hawaii skies several times this week, according to Web sites that track satellite passes worldwide.

Though more than 200 miles up, the space station is visible in the clear night sky when it is illuminated by the sun, but not when it enters the earth's shadow.

According to Heavens Above, a private satellite tracking service, and NASA, these are among the brightest passes:

>> Tonight, the space station will rise into view from the southwest at 8:32 p.m., passing directly over Oahu until it disappears at 8:36 p.m. in the northeast. About halfway through the pass, at 8:34 p.m., it will line up with Mars and the moon.

>> Tomorrow, the space station will appear at 7:35 p.m., from the south. It will pass below the moon and Mars at 7:37 p.m. before it disappears to the northeast at 7:41 p.m. It won't be as bright as the night before.

>> On Tuesday, it will appear from the northwest at 5:21 a.m. and disappear to the southeast at 5:27 a.m. Just past halfway, at 5:25 a.m., it will come into near-alignment with Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.

>> Again on Tuesday, at 8:14 p.m., the space station will appear over the southwest horizon and remain visible for about 6 minutes until it disappears to the northeast. It will fly right through the pan of the Big Dipper and just under the North Star.

>> On Thursday, it will fly up from the northwest at 5:02 a.m. and blink out of sight to the southeast 7 minutes later.


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