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When you can spot the space station above Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — Several times a month, 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:

July 8 at 9:34 p.m., visible for 6 minutes, traveling SSW to ENE

July 8 at 11:11 p.m., visible for 5 minutes, traveling W to NNE

July 9 at 4:06 a.m., visible for 4 minutes, traveling N to ENE

July 9 at 10:23 p.m., visible for 6 minutes, traveling WSW to NNE

July 10 at 4:54 a.m., visible for 7 minutes, traveling NW to ESE

July 10 at 9:34 p.m., visible for 7 minutes, traveling SW to NE

July 10 at 11:14 p.m., visible for 2 minutes, traveling NW to N

July 11 at 4:06 a.m., visible for 6 minutes, traveling NNW to ESE

July 11 at 5:43 a.m., visible for 5 minutes, traveling W to S

July 11 at 10:25 p.m., visible for 4 minutes, traveling WNW to NNE

July 12 at 3:18 a.m., visible for 5 minutes, traveling NNW to E

July 12 at 4:55 a.m., visible for 6 minutes, traveling WNW to SSE

July 12 at 9:36 p.m., visible for 6 minutes, traveling W to NNE

July 14 at 9:38 p.m., visible for 2 minutes, traveling NW to N

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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