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Bonaire sky-watchers can see the International Space Station which is visible tonight!

If skies are clear tonight, there is an opportunity to view the International Space Station as it passes over the Caribbean region.  Tonight, it will become first visible from the west-southwest horizon, and then will pass not quite overhead on its way to the north-northeast horizon.

The space station will pass very close to Venus.

What is exceptional about tonight’s viewing is that the space station will pass very close to the planet, Venus.  Venus is most well known as being the brightest “star” in the western skies of Bonaire at this time of year.

When to view the space station.

The International Space Station come up above the horizon around 8:47 PM. It will be at its highest point at 8:51 PM and will set in the north-northeast at 8:56 PM.  It should be closest to Venus at 8:49:42 PM.

What if the skies are too cloudy to view the space station?

If it is cloudy tonight, the space station will go horizon-to-horizon Thursday night as well, but it will be higher in the sky and won’t pass as close to Venus.  It should be visible about 1/3 of the way between Venus and the Moon when it passes in between them. It comes up around 7:54, is highest at 7:59, and sets at 8:04.

Or, another chance is Friday evening, when it will pass directly overhead (straight up) when it “rises” at 7:02 PM in the north-northwest and sets in the east-southeast at 7:12 PM.  Friday’s passing will be more difficult to view as it will be passing by just a few minutes after sunset and will probably be difficult to discern.

Thanks go to Brad Swanson, one of Bonaire’s skywatchers, for this excellent data.

(Source:  Brad Swanson, CalSky)

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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 



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