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June 29, 2011

Int'l Space Station over Baltimore tonight


International Space StationSpace Cadets! Wednesday night should be mostly clear, a good opportunity to see the International Space Station fly almost directly over Baltimore.

The ISS will be very bright, rising above the northwest horizon at 10:11 p.m. EDT. Look for a bright, steady, star-like object passing right through the stars of the Big Dipper, and then near the zenith (straight up) at 10:14 p.m.

From there, it flies off the Delaware coast and disappears into the Earth’s shadow at 10:15 p.m.


Posted by Frank Roylance at 12:00 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: From the Sun's print edition, Sky Notes


Could it be a two-fer? The Wallops launch and the ISS? Us Space Cadets can only watch and hope!

Yes and Wpallops just 6 minutes before space station....hmm.

Looks like you're correct Larry! As of now, the Wallops launch is due to go at 10:05 to the southeast with the ISS close behind to the northwest. If we get lucky, we could have both visible at the same time...

Very interesting to observe that! I posted something on Facebook about 10 minutes before the event and was shocked at so many responses from friends. GREAT night for viewing.

SUCCESS! Not only the ISS, but saw the first rocket launch in my life! Watched/listened to the NASA Wallops web site camera, there was a delay, didn't launch until 1109pm on Wednesday night. Saw the launch on the web, went right outside. Unbelievable, there it was, just an orange light--able to see it very well with binoculars, even see the trailing smoke and stages separating til it disappeared. What a great sight and experience, thanks, Frank! Now I feel like a real Space Cadet!

I didn't read the blog early enough tonight to catch the item about the ISS, but I did attempt to catch the rocket launch.
I didn't see anything, I guess too much light pollution. Did anybody in metro area see it?

Great! I saw both, the ISS right on schedule at 10:11pm and then the rocket an hour later at 11:09pm.

The link that you provided worked great. I had my computer outside, saw the liftoff onscreen, looked up and saw the first stage separation seconds later.

The site accurately warned that there can be a 20 to 30 second delay of the video feed.

We saw it! The Space-Skeeters at Wallops were eating us up, and I hadn't read this in advance, but I looked up and saw it. My husband thought it was going the wrong way to be ISS, but I told him it "felt right."

(Fogey mode: While at Wallops, I was so disappointed at so many kids looking DOWN at game screens and not UP at the sky. )

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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