The International Space Station will make a grand appearance in the skies of Hawaii tonight, as you will be able to see if flying over Honolulu just after sunset. If the weather is clear enough, then you will be able to see the space station in the southwestern sky around 6:45 p.m.
Appearing as a bright, nonblinking light, the International Space Station will rise in the northwest just before 6:40 p.m. and move to the left, passing at its highest point just under the bright star Altair in the constellation Aquila, the eagle. It will blink out in the southeast as it enters the earth’s shadow at 6:50 p.m.
The moon will also be nearly full tonight, so that – along with Jupiter, should be fully visible. If you are looking in the correct area, you will be able to see the almost full moon, Jupiter, and the International Space Station.
Another Chance to View the Space Station?
If you are an early riser, or if you miss the viewing tonight and wanted to see it, then you are in luck. The space station will make another bright pass on Nov. 15, rising in the southwest at about 6:03 a.m. and traveling up to the right, passing in front of the moon at 6:06. It will set in the northeast about 6:09 a.m.
Aboard are two Americans, mission commander Mike Fossum and flight engineer Dan Burbank; three Russians, Sergei Volkov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov; and one Japanese astronaut, Satoshi Furukawa.
The International Space Station travels at a speed of 17,500 mph and at an altitude of 342 miles above the surface of the earth. It is visible just before dawn or after sunset when it is illuminated by the sun.