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ISS passes over Asheville on Friday the 13th

Photo: MGN

The International Space Station (ISS) orbits the Earth, and you can see it pass over Asheville--if you know where and when to look.

At 8:20 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017 the ISS will fly over our area and be visible as it crosses overhead for about three minutes. (If you're seeing this story ahead of the flyover, a good way to remember to watch the ISS is to set an alarm on your cell phone, if you have one.)

If skies are clear in your area, look northwest about 8:20 p.m., and look for the ISS to rise over the horizon. It will look like a very bright, moving star, and will travel overhead and move out of sight into the northeast.

The ISS travels at about 17,150 mph as it zooms by about 250 miles above us, and you can view how many people are aboard it right here.

You can track where the ISS is here.

Sign up for ISS alerts from NASA on your own phone here.

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