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.
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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