Another space station flyover Sunday night


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

ISS flyovers come in clusters, so viewers commonly have the chance to see it a few times over successive days. And it's frequently in our area because it orbits the Earth at 17,000 mph, and is visible all over the world.

When there's a bright pass that's not too early or too late, we like to share it with you, our viewers.

At 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, 2017 the ISS will fly over our area and be visible as for about six minutes as it crosses overhead. (A good way to remember to watch the ISS is to set an alarm for yourself, on your phone if you can.)

If skies are clear in your area, look northwest at about 6 p.m. and look for the ISS to rise over the horizon. It will look like a very bright, steady-moving star, and will travel overhead and move out of sight into the southeast.

The ISS travels at about 17,150 mph as it zooms by about 250 miles above us, and you can see 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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