International Space Station visible from Knoxville Monday night

Photograph of the International Space Station taken from the space shuttle Endeavour on May 30, 2011. Image Credit: NASA.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Every few days the International Space Stations becomes visible from the night sky.

On Monday at 7:00 p.m. the International Space Sation will be visible in Knoxville for two minutes. To us on earth it looks like a bright star moving quickly above the horizon.

To get a shot at seeing it, look from West Northwest to North Northwest at 10 degrees above the horizon and you should see a bright white dot streak across the sky. The dot will get to about 15 degrees above the horizon and hold that elevation for two minutes.

Because of the speed of an orbiting vehicle, NASA says telescopes are not practical. However, a good pair of field binoculars may reveal some detail of the structural shape of the spacecraft.

“There may be some clouds, but hopefully they will be out of the way before 7:00 p.m.,” said 6 Storm Team Meteorologist Trent Magill. “The farther west you are, the better shot you have at catching a glimpse.”

The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, but it will be seen as a steady – not blinking – white pinpoint of light. Typically it will be the brightest object in the night sky (except for the Moon).  It is bright enough that it can even be seen from the middle of Knoxville.

Trent Magill says if you catch a picture, tweet him a photo (@TrentMWeather) or post a photo to his Facebook wall (WATE Trent Magill). For more times when the space station will be visible, visit NASA’s website.

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