See the International Space Station tonight and 4 planets – 69News WFMZ-TV

Posted: October 4, 2020 at 3:04 am

In tonight's clear skies, you can see:

The International Space Stationwill cross over us again today, Saturday, October 3, for four minutes at 7:45 P.M.

Now the start time will differ by a minute or two depending where you live, so get the exact time for your community

The flyover is an hour after the 6:40 P.M. sunset.

The space station will first appear in the northwest sky, near where the sun sets. Then, it'll travel low in the sky to the northeastern horizon.

Before it reaches the northeast horizon, it'll suddenly vanish!

This happens because the International Space Station runs into the darkness of the Earth's shadow. We see the space station in the first place because it's reflecting sunlight.

The International Space station will look like an airplane flying across the sky. It will have a smooth, steady motion. You'll know you saw it if it vanishes before reaching the horizon, provided trees are not obstructing that horizon for you.

Jupiter and Saturn will be in the southern sky, and they are very close to each other. At dusk, Jupiter is the brightest object in the sky. Saturn is to the left of Jupiter.

Both are somewhat low in the sky. They set (dip below the horizon) a few hours after sunset.

Mars is spectacular. It'll be near the nearly full moon (the full moon was Wednesday) at dusk. It'll keep rising through the night, and it'll be high in the southern sky in the middle of the night. That's when you'll really notice its orange color.

Mars is high in the south sky.

Venusis in the night sky right at sunset for only a few hours. It will set at 10 P.M. tonight, leaving very dark skies for the rest of the night.

If you see the moon, it'll be a crescent shape because we just had a new moon last week. The moon gets half full later this week.

Watch the International Space Station fly over you Monday night.

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