The International Space Station is visible to the naked eye (if clouds allow) this evening at 9:12 pm Winnipeg time.
If you haven’t seen it before, it’s the brightest “star” in the sky, and it goes like a bat out of hell (relatively speaking), crossing overhead from horizon to horizon in minutes.
It’s a bit of a mind-blower to actually think about what you’re looking at when you see it; a man-made machine…a space station, for Pete’s sake!…only visible because the sun is reflecting off of its skin and huge solar panels.
I’ve seen it a few times, and a couple of times when I just wondered if it might be there, and looked up to see it. What are the odds?
The coolest thing about seeing it is when it starts to go through its sunset phase into the shadow of the earth. It starts to get a bit less bright at first, then turns a gold-ish colour, before fading out completely over the course of about 5 – 8 seconds.
Tonight (weather permitting), the ISS will be visible over the city at these coordinates:
Date/time first visible Visible Max Height Appears Disappears
Wed Mar 28, 9:12 PM 5 min 77° above horizon 10° above WSW 24° above ENE
This will give you an idea what to look for, but to the naked eye, it will seem much bigger than through this camera:
Want to know when the International Space Station will be visible over Winnipeg in the future? Click HERE.