When you can spot the space station above Charlotte

When you can spot the space station above Charlotte

Several times a week, Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston determines sighting opportunities for the international space station for over 6,700 locations worldwide, including the Carolinas.

There are several opportunities to see the space station fly over Charlotte and the Carolina skies coming up.

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How to spot it

The station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn't have flashing lights or change direction. It also moves considerably faster than a typical airplane – airplanes generally fly at about 600 mph, and the space station flies at 17,500 mph.

13 full moons, including 1 Blue moon and 2 supermoons, to appear during 2020

Here are upcoming dates and times for possible sightings in the Charlotte area:

March 31 at 10:01 p.m. - Visible for less than one minute, traveling NNW to NNW

April 1 at 9:14 p.m. - Visible for 2 minutes, traveling N to NNE

April 2 at 8:28 p.m. - Visible for 1 minute, traveling N to NNE

April 3 at 9:16 p.m. - Visible for 3 minutes, traveling NNW to NE

April 4 at 8:29 p.m. - Visible for 5 minutes, traveling NNW to E

April 5 at 9:20 p.m. - Visible for 2 minutes, traveling WNW to S

April 6 at 8:32 p.m. - Visible for 5 minutes, traveling NW to ESE

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