September 19, 2019
The International Space Station will be visible in the sky above the Philadelphia area beginning Thursday night in into the weekend, but you'll need to know where and when to look.
The science laboratory orbiting above the Earth is regularly visible because it reflects the light of the sun. However, the station is not bright enough to see during the day. Depending on your location, it can be spotted once a month up to several times a week.
In the Philadelphia region on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, star gazers could be able to catch a glimpse.
On Thursday, the space station will be visible for three minutes, starting at 8:47 p.m.. But Friday will probably be the best bet at catching it, as the station will be at its brightest and appear in the sky for six minutes, beginning at 7:59 p.m.
On Sunday, it will be less bright, but still visible from 8:01 and 8:05 p.m.
The International Space Station will appear like a bright star or even an airplane, but it will be moving much faster, traveling at a speed of 17,500 mph. The station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes.