The Space Station flies overhead tonight -- here’s what you need to know

International Space Station should be easy to see Thursday night

SANTA YNEZ, CA - NOVEMBER 19: The International Space Station is viewed briefly over Santa Barbara County's Wine Country in this time exposure taken on November 19, 2020, viewed from Solvang, California. The International Space Station made multiple passes across Santa Barbara County at, or near sunset, this past week, the longest visible sighting being less than 5 minutes. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) (George Rose, 2020 Getty Images)

DETROIT – It’s always so cool to see the International Space Station fly overhead, and we’ll get another golden opportunity Thursday night, with clear skies helping the cause.

At 10:42 p.m. Thursday (July 14), look to the west-southwest and you’ll see a bright “star” fade into view and then fly overhead for the next seven minutes, before disappearing in the northeast.

It’s a slow, smooth glide across the sky, and remember: unlike stars, the space station doesn’t “twinkle.”

As you watch it, think about the astronauts on board serving a six-month tour of duty, and all of the research they are doing that benefits humanity.


About the Author:

Local 4 meteorologist Paul Gross was born in Detroit and has spent his entire life and career right here in southeast Michigan. Paul has researched, written and produced eight half-hour documentaries for WDIV, as well as many science, historical and environmental stories.