International Space Station to make appearance over SWLA

International Space Station (Source: NASA)
International Space Station (Source: NASA)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Local residents will have an opportunity to see the International Space Station (ISS) as it travels across our sky tonight.

The ISS will move almost directly over Southwest Louisiana and will be visible to all areas as it moves from southwest to northeast.

You will need to be outside by 7:20 p.m. to adjust to the low light conditions. The ISS should appear in the southwestern sky about 7:24 p.m. and it will move toward the northeast exiting the horizon by 7:30 p.m.

The ISS can easily be spotted with the naked eye.

Facts on the ISS: currently six people are aboard, it orbits the Earth at an altitude of about 260 miles. It travels at more than 17,000 mph! That means it takes about 92 minutes to complete one orbit of the Earth.

The ISS will not be visible again through the next seven days, so get out and see it tonight

The KPLC 7 Stormteam expects clear skies for perfect viewing conditions tonight.

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