Int'l Space Station over Baltimore this evening
If the clouds hold off this evening, we should get a nice look at the International Space Station as it cruises by north and west of Baltimore.
If you want to see a 100 billion of your tax dollars in motion, look to the west at 8:26 p.m. EDT. Watch for a bright, steady, star-like object moving toward the northeast as it flies up the western side of the Appalachians. It will pass through the upward-pointing handle of the Big Dipper at about 8:28 p.m., at which point it will be about 500 miles from an observer in Baltimore.
From there the ISS will slide off to the northeast, over New England and New Brunswick, Canada, before disappearing at 8:31 p.m.
There are six crewmembers, including two Americans, on board as the station circles the globe once every 90 minutes. It's moving at about 17,500 mph, currently traveling at an altitude of about 240 miles.
(NASA PHOTO: Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov works outside the ISS)