Residents of northeast Ohio can spot the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting in the skies tonight, if the sky is clear, which it should be going by weather reports.
The International Space Station, under the stewardship of the 44th crew members, can be seen in the northwest horizon at 11:19pm, Saturday June 13 and move northeast at an altitude of 62 degrees above the horizon.
When seen with naked eye, it looks like a bright star moving too quickly across the sky and it is visible only for 2 minutes, said NASA. The space station, a joint international project, is orbiting the earth at 5 miles per second, taking 90 minutes to cover the Earth’s circumference.
The ISS, measuring about a football stadium in size, has Russian, US, Japan astronauts and researchers on board. Current ISS crew of the 44the expedition includes Commander Gennady Padalka, stronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and their mission ends in September.
Otherwise, the ISS space station will be difficult to isolate in the space from other stars. It circles around the Earth 16 times every day and astronauts can see 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets daily.
They experience the daylight temperatures reach 200ºC, while temperatures during the night periods drop to -200 ºC.