Opportunity to see the International Space Station pass through the Big Dipper on evening of June 26 2012 in Riverside CAL

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Opportunity to see the International Space Station pass through the Big Dipper on evening of June 26 2012 in Riverside CAL

Using a calculator and a website run called Heaven's Above, it turns out that the International Space Station appears to brighter than almost any other pass seen in over a year tomorrow night June 26, 2012.

It also turns out that the vehicle will be flying through or almost through the Big Dipper for anyone in the Inland Empire.

If you live in Los Angeles, you will see the ISS as a bright steady star rising out of the north west at around 8:59 PM.

Go out a few minutes earlier so your eyes adjust.

If you live in the Riverside/San Bernardino area, you will see the ISS fly right by the end of the Big Dipper and right up the handle.

If I could get in position with a good digital timelapse camera, I would set up a great photograph of the Big Dipper and the station flying through it.

Unfortunately, prior commitments preclude me from getting in position.

In the case one of the gang can get into position, you can get a tripod, digital camera with very high Megapixels, and focus in on the Big Dipper.  If you are in the Inland Empire, you are in the optimal location to snap the shot of the manmade shooting star passing through one of the best known constellations in the Northern Hemisphere.

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More on ISS California Viewing tomorrow night

If you are in California tomorrow night, you will be able to see space station fly over head tomorrow night.

The ground track appears to pass over SF/Bay Area and then move down the central valley to the San Bernardino area in 2 minutes.

The space station is orbiting at over 17,000 mph which is why it can move from being over Sausalito one minute and then over the Salton Sea in a few more minutes.

For those guys living in Las Vegas, you have a better opportunity.

If someone can position correctly, the space station will appear as a shooting star and fly between the Crescent moon and Mars.

With one camera shot, you should be able to capture the Moon (where the US landed 12 men 40 years ago), the space station (where the US and partners are currently flying astronauts), and Mars (where no person has gone before).

The moon and Mars are very close in the same part of the sky.   From Las Vegas, Nevada, the station will rise out of the Western horizon and fly right between the Moon and Mars.  The space station will be a -1.8 magnitude star.

Getting the exposure correct to capture the moon, the station, and mars in the same shot will be challenging.

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