Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane?

It’s the International Space Station!

One of our co-hosts, Ken, has a variety of interests. Besides speaking several languages, being an avid birder, and living in Alaska and Central America, he also tracks airspace traffic, including planes, helicopters, and even the International Space Station.

So, when he alerts us to the fact that the International Space Station will be heading over our horizon tonight and tomorrow, we eagerly await its arrival.

The Space Station starts its pass exactly at 6:59 PM, right on time.

Traveling  from the northwest to the southeast, it just suddenly appears out of nowhere. How cool! At first we wonder if we are really looking at it. It’s the bluish dot.

And then a brighter white circle…

According to spotthestation.nasa.gov, the International Space Station is the third brightest object in the sky when it passes into view. Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles per hour.

This is amazing!

As it disappears from view after 5 minutes or so, I capture our RV and Tom’s, our neighbor, glowing under the palm trees.

Thanks, Ken! We will be back tomorrow evening for an encore sighting.

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