Dragon Chases the ISS

By: Susie77 , 5:30 PM GMT on October 08, 2012

You can see them play tag yourself by entering your location info here.

[Blog author's viewing tip for ISS: Choose your viewing location and find the correct area of the horizon 5-10 minutes before viewing charts indicate the craft is visible. It moves *very* quickly, and looks like a high-flying jet.]

SpaceX's Dragon capsule launched Sunday (Oct. 7) on the first-ever bona fide commercial cargo run to the International Space Station, and skywatchers in parts of North America will be able to watch it chase down the orbiting lab over the next few nights.

On Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 8 and 9), the unmanned Dragon capsule and the space station will be visible as separate entities, appearing as "stars" sailing across the evening’s twilight sky. On Wednesday (Oct. 10) at 7:32 a.m. EDT (1132 GMT), the station's robotic arm will grapple Dragon and attach it a connecting port. So by Wednesday evening, both spacecraft will appear as a single bright moving "star."

The space station makes one full circuit of the Earth every 91.5 minutes. Shortly after launching atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:35 p.m. EDT Sunday (0035 Monday GMT), Dragon trailed the orbiting lab by about 10 minutes.

More of this article may be found at How to See SpaceX's Dragon Capsule in the Night Sky

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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