Depending on the weather and clear sky, NASA said the International Space Station will be visible for few minutes from the West Coast or San Diego in the US this weekend starting from Friday night (Dec 26 to Dec 28, 2014) to Sunday.
On Friday, the ISS space station will be visible for three minutes from 6:38 p.m. to 6:41 p.m. above the northwest horizon at 10 degrees, moving off to the southwest.
On Saturday, it will be visible for a longer period of six minutes, from 5:47 p.m. to 5:52 p.m. above the northwest horizon at 10 degrees, moving towards the southeast.
Finally On Sunday, the space station will be visible onlye for one minute, from 6:35 p.m. to 6:36 p.m. above the southwest at 13 degrees, moving off to the south-southwest.
The ISS space station will be difficult to isolate in the space from other stars and it resembles a steadily moving ball bearing in the dark sky above.
Meanwhile, astronaut Terry Virts on the Space Station has taken a beautiful sunrise image on Christmas morning and shared it on Twitter saying “Sunrise on Christmas morning – better than any present I could ask for!!!!”
The space station orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes, which means it circles around the Earth 16 times every day and astronauts can see 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets daily.
During the daylight periods, temperatures reach 200ºC, while temperatures during the night periods drop to -200 ºC.
Image credit: NASA