SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The International Space Station (ISS) will be visible to the naked eye Wednesday night for those who live in or close to Salt Lake City.
According to NASA, The sighting opportunity will begin at 6:44 p.m. and the Space Station will be visible for five minutes before crossing back below the horizon.
Being able to see the space station with the naked eye relies on the maximum height the ISS will reach while hovering over a city.
Wednesday, the ISS will reach a height of 78 degrees in elevation. This will give residents of Salt Lake the best opportunity for seeing the station because it will visible above most landscapes and buildings.
All sightings of the ISS occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky, according to NASA.
NASA has its own website where people can track the space station and see if it’s in the city their living in.
For those interested in tracking the space station, signing up for email or text alerts for when the space station is flying over will save you from missing a viewing opportunity again.