Get up early over the next week, turn your head to the sky, and you just might catch a glimpse of the International Space Station as it flies overhead.
The station will be making daily appearances in the Lowcountry sky through Saturday, March 3, with your next chance to see it coming at 5:47 a.m. on Sunday, according to NASA’s “Spot the Station” website.
For those who like encores, Monday and Wednesday will see the station pass over the Lowcountry twice. In the time between those flyovers it will have completed a full orbit of the earth, something it does every 92 minutes, according to Cal Tech, which puts the station’s orbital speed at 17.150 mph.
That is several times faster than even our fastest fighter jets.
According to Space.com, as of January of this year 230 people have been to the ISS.
The National Weather Service is expecting plenty of rain and clouds over the next seven days, so it might be difficult to get a clear view, but Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning look like they might provide the best opportunity, with mostly clear or partly cloudy skies expected.
When to see the International Space Station in the Lowcountry
▪ Sunday, Feb. 25 - 5:47 a.m. out of the south-southwest for 3 min
▪ Monday, Feb. 26 - 4:57 a.m. out of the southeast for 1 min
▪ Monday, Feb. 26 - 6:32 a.m. out of the west-southwest for 3 min
▪ Tuesday, Feb. 27 - 5:41 a.m. out of the west-southwest for 4 min
▪ Wednesday, Feb. 28 - 4:51 a.m. out of the east-northeast for <1 min
▪ Wednesday, Feb. 28 - 6:25 a.m. out of the west-northwest for 4 min
▪ Thursday, March 1 - 5:35 a.m. out of the north-northwest for 2 min
▪ Friday, March 2 - 4:45 a.m. out of the northeast for <1 min
▪ Saturday, March 3 - 5:27 a.m. out of the north-northwest for <1 min
- NASA’s “Spot the Station” website