Space sta­tion to brighten isle skies

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - By Jim Borg jborg@starad­ver­tiser.com

The In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion will make a pair of bright evening passes over Honolulu this week if the clouds co­op­er­ate. On Mon­day, the space sta­tion will rise in the south­west at 8:43 p.m. and an­gle to the right.

It will pass high above the con­stel­la­tion Gem­ini in the west-north­west about 8:46 p.m. and then pass be­tween the Big Dipper and the North Star be­fore blink­ing out of sight about 8:49 p.m. Jupiter will be high and the South­ern Cross will be low in the south­ern sky.

On Tues­day, the space sta­tion will rise in the south­west at 7:51 p.m. and arc to the left. It will be not­i­ca­bly brighter than was on Mon­day.

Just be­fore 7:54 p.m., it will pass di­rectly above Jupiter, nes­tled in the con­stel­la­tion Virgo in the south­east. About 30 sec­onds later, it will pass di­rectly in front of the bright star Arc­turus, also known as Hokule‘a, high in the east.

The space sta­tion then will bank to­ward the hori­zon, dis­ap­pear­ing in the north­east about 7:57 p.m., just above the bright star Vega, vis­i­ble if the hori­zon is un­ob­structed. Early ris­ers will get a chance to see the space sta­tion on Thurs­day, when it will rise in the north­west about 4:47 a.m.

It will arc to the right, pass­ing above the North Star just af­ter 4:49 a.m. A minute later, its or­bit will take it above the con­stel­la­tion Cas­siopeia and, just af­ter 4:51 a.m., above Venus and, low on the eastern hori­zon, Mer­cury. It will set in the south­east about 4:53 a.m.

The space sta­tion is vis­i­ble just af­ter sun­set and just be­fore dawn when it is il­lu­mi­nated by the sun against the darker sky.

In its cur­rent or­bit, it is 249 miles up and trav­el­ing at 17,130 mph. Aboard are Amer­i­cans Peggy Whit­son and Jack Fis­cher, Rus­sians Fy­o­dor Yurchikhin and Oleg Novit­skiy, and French astro­naut Thomas Pes­quet.

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