From Science Cheerleader contributor, Bart.
Hi! I thought you’d be interested in this story from Science@NASA: Space
shuttle Discovery launched Sunday, March 15th, on a construction mission to the
International Space Station. Perfect timing for sky watchers! The mission
coincides with a series of ISS flybys over North American towns and cities.
People who go outside after sunset can see the shuttle-station combo with their
naked eyes and view the changing outlines of the ISS through backyard
telescopes or binoculars.
The Space Station will appear as a steady white pinpoint of light moving across the sky. You will see this with your naked eye if the weather’s clear.
Check out best viewing times for your home town and consider hosting a star party when the Space Station is scheduled to fly over your house! (Did you know the Space Station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes?)
Cheers! And thanks, Bart.