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Look up! International Space Station to fly over Cincinnati area Wednesday night

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 19:46:43-05

CINCINNATI — Tri-State skies will have a visitor Wednesday night, as the International Space Station passes over the Cincinnati area.

The space station will come into view between 6:51 and 6:56 p.m. in the region's western sky, according to Cincinnati Observatory astronomer, Dean Regas.

Facing west, viewers should see what appears as a large, bright star moving up and to the right.

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The International Space Station flies over the Tri-State, photographed June 2, 2020.

"From Earth, ISS looks like a very bright, non-twinkling star that slowly moves across the sky. Tonight it will look several times brighter than the brightest star. If the skies are clear, you can’t miss it!" Regas wrote Wednesday in an email.

According to WCPO 9 News meteorologist Jennifer Ketchmark, Wednesday evening's forecast should accommodate ideal conditions for viewing the station's pass for most parts of the Tri-State. The sun was estimated to set Wednesday at 5:46 p.m. with lingering partly cloudy to clear skies.

Visible without a telescope, Regas said to look west at 6:52 p.m.

The ISS has been in low Earth orbit for nearly 8,100 days, according to NASA.