Celebration of Space - November 20, 2020

The International Space Station passing over Cranston, RI. Image credit: Scott MacNeill

The International Space Station passing over Cranston, RI. Image credit: Scott MacNeill

Early this month, Frosty Drew Observatory was featured on the South County Tourism Council’s podcast – The Wavelength, which was released yesterday. We spoke about some of our upcoming events, work we do, constellations, Pluto, and operations during the pandemic. We were so happy to be featured on The Wavelength! South County Tourism Council has been a huge supporter of Frosty Drew Observatory over the years, and are responsible for much of our media exposure. Sit back and enjoy the podcast

The International Space Station (ISS) continues to offer fabulous evening passes over the US every night this week. Considering that sunset happens quite early this time of the year, evening passes of the ISS are very family friendly. No matter how many times you see the ISS pass overhead, it never gets old. The reminder that people are living and working in space is very powerful, and serves as an inspiration of what we are capable of in the face of danger. Here are some notable passes of the ISS over our region this weekend and coming week:

Fri, Nov 20 at 6:18 pm, starting in the WSW, rising to 62°, and into orbital sunset ← Awesome Pass!
Sat, Nov 21 at 5:30 pm, starting in the SW, rising to 67°, heading towards the ENE into orbital sunset. ← Awesome Pass!

Sun, Nov 22 at 6:20 pm, starting in the W, rising to 31°, and into orbital sunset.
Mon, Nov 23 at 5:32 pm, starting in the WSW, rising to 45°, heading towards the the NE into orbital sunset
Tue, Nov 24 starting at 6:23 pm in the WNW, rising to 18°, and into orbital sunset
Wed, Nov 25 starting at 5:35 pm in the WNW, rising to 23°, heading towards the NNE, and into orbital sunset.
Thu, Nov 26 staring at 4:47 pm in the W, rising to 31°, heading towards the NE.

Put these times on your calendar, and set your alarm. Just about all of these passes are great, with a few exceptional passes! Note that these times are applicable to Southern New England, and generally acceptable for the entire Northeast. For pass times specific to your location, visit NASAs Spot the Station. Now put the ISS on your list of Thanksgiving week festivities and celebrate humanity’s only space based residency with numerous beautiful passes.

Scott MacNeill
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