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PHOTO: International Space Station Passes Over Southwest Riverside County

"The picture is a 15-second exposure as the station came across the sky at 5:57 a.m. (local)."

Did you know you can see the International Space Station from your house? As the third brightest object in the sky, after the sun and moon, the space station is easy to see if you know where and when to look for it.

Mark Grow already knew this. He submitted the attached photo of the Space Station over Temecula this morning.

"The white line is the station moving over Temecula from the northwest to the southwest," he said. "The picture is a 15-second exposure as the station came across the sky at 5:57 a.m. (local)."

NASA has an email service that sends notifications as to when the station will pass over your area, he told Patch. Click here to sign up for the service.

Although the photo has not been verified by NASA, Patch is taking Grow's word that it's legitimate. He's been a fire captain-paramedic in Lakeside, Calif., since 1981, so we're trusting him. Thanks Mark.

Do you have cool photos or stories to submit? Send them our way:

toni.mcallister@patch.com and maggie.avants@patch.com

William Horn January 31, 2013 at 05:34 AM
Great photo. I like to use heavens-above.com; registration is free and you just need to know your latitude and longitude (use Google Earth for the easiest estimate) to get a comprehensive list of ISS passovers you can see. They occur regularly. You can also get a list of Iridium Satillite Flares, which get a bit brighter than Magnitude -8 for the moment of the flash. It's a bit more challenging but worth the effort to see one.
Daniel Lane January 31, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Great picture Mark!
john blackwood January 31, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Did any of you people get to see it .I could not .
Constant Comment February 01, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Mark, thanks for not only going outside this early to get such a great shot, but also for sending it in for all of us to see. I appreciate your efforts! }~)
William Horn February 01, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Here are some over passes that will occur within the next few days. Feb 2, 5:06 am to 5:10 am, passing from S to SSE about 30 degrees above horizon. Feb 6, 6:20 pm to 6:24 pm, passing from S to E about 30 degrees above horizon. Feb 7, 7:06 pm to 7:09 pm, passing from WSW to NNW about 40 degrees above horizon. Feb 8, 6:15 pm to 6:21 pm, passing from SW to NE reaching nearly overhead at 6:18, this pass is very bright.


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