You'll have a chance to see the International Space Station fly over South Jersey several times this week.

And thanks to our recent spell of clear, dry weather, clouds will not be an issue.

According to NASA, the International Space Station will be visible at the following times:

  • Wed., Sept. 18 at 8:00 PM for 4 minutes. Look towards the SSW.
  • Wed., Sept. 18 at 9:36 PM for about 1 minute. Look towards the west.
  • Thu., Sept. 19 at 8:47 PM for 3 minutes. Look to the WSW.
  • Fri., Sept. 20 at 7:59 PM for 6 minutes. Look towards the SW.
  • Sat., Sept. 21 at 7:17 PM for about 1 minute. Look towards the ENE.
  • Sat., Sept. 21 at 8:50 PM for 2 minutes. Look towards the NW.
  • Sun., Sept. 22 at 8:01 PM for 4 minutes. Look towards the WNW.
  • Sun., Sept. 22 at 9:38 PM for about 1 minute. Look towards the NNW.

Those times are based on Atlantic City, so they may be a minute or so either way depending on exactly where you are. And if you don't know which way WSW or ENE is, just remember the sun sets in the west and adjust your view accordingly.

So, what exactly are you looking for and what will you see? Since the ISS travels at about five miles per second (it circles the earth in 90 minutes) and it's about 240 miles above the surface of earth, you will see what looks like an extremely bright star (probably the brightest thing in the sky) moving at pretty good rate of speed. And according to AccuWeather, the ISS will be the brightest on Thursday and Friday nights.

I've actually seen the ISS pass overhead many times -- it's pretty cool. And if you are really into astronomy, NASA will tell you exactly where and when you can see the ISS in any city on their website.

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