Posted by BC on July 18th, 2008
The evening sky has provided some real treats lately. For the Northern Hemisphere, we see Mars, small and red, and Saturn with its rings flattening out, visible shortly after sunset in the western sky. In the southeast is Jupiter, with its many moons and details. On July 16 and 17 we had the Full Moon sitting closely to Jupiter all night.
Now we may add one more object in the night sky for a few nights, along with these other objects. International Space Station is in a period of two flybys. One pass is in the evening and one in the morning. ISS is growing in size and brightness so much that it is soon to be, if not already is, one of the brightest objects in the sky. It should still be easily seen during the nearly Full Moon. You may find details for sighting in your own area at the NASA site.
What a treat it would be to see ISS cross the path of the Moon or Jupiter. If you see it, please post your report.