See Shuttle and Station Part Ways

Written by The Night Sky Guy on November 24, 2009 – 5:23 pm -

Got clear skies? Then step outside around suppertime and get your last chance to see the shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station docked together above your backyard. The pair together make for an exceptionally bright star-like object gliding across the early evening skies. Because of the large metallic surface area reflecting the sunlight, skywatchers even from brightly lit downtown neighbourhoods can get to spot this famous target.

The orbiter with its 7 crewmembers is scheduled to undock from the station tomorrow, Wednesday morning at 4:53 am EST after which there will be an opportunity to see the two fly in tandem across the overhead evening sky.Atlantis is scheuled to land on Friday morning.

Find your viewing times on my Sky Tonight page.

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