• When you can spot the space station above the Carolinas

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    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.

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

    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.

    Here are upcoming dates and times for possible sightings in the Charlotte area:
    May 17 at 5:38 a.m. – Visible for 6 minutes, traveling NW to SE
    May 17 at 10:16 p.m. – Visible for 6 minutes, traveling WSW to NE
    May 18 at 4:47 a.m. – Visible for 6 minutes, traveling NNW to ESE
    May 18 at 9:25 p.m. – Visible for 6 minutes, traveling SW to NE
    May 19 at 3:57 a.m. – Visible for 5 minutes, traveling NNW to E
    May 19 at 5:33 a.m. – Visible for 5 minutes, traveling WNW to SSE
    May 19 at 10:12 p.m. – Visible for 5 minutes, traveling W to NNE
    May 20 at 3:06 a.m. – Visible for 4 minutes, traveling N to ENE
    May 20 at 4:42 a.m. – Visible for 6 minutes, traveling NW to SE
    May 20 at 9:20 p.m. – Visible for 6 minutes, traveling WSW to NNE  
    May 22 at 9:19 p.m. – Visible for 1 minute, traveling NNW to N

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    For more information, click here.

    If you’re not in Charlotte, you can search for dates and times for your city here.  

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