Out-of-this-world view: Toronto residents can spot space station this weekend
Published Saturday, February 9, 2013 11:32AM EST
Toronto residents will be able to catch a brief glimpse of the International Space Station Saturday and Sunday evening, as it passes over the city.
The spacecraft -- which is carrying Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, along with five other crew members -- is scheduled to fly over the city starting at 6:55 p.m. Saturday. It will appear in the sky from the southwest and travel for roughly four minutes before disappearing in the east.
On Sunday, curious space fans will be able to see the station for five minutes starting at 6:05 p.m. It will travel across the sky for five minutes, appearing in the southwest before disappearing in the east.
According to NASA, the ISS is the third brightest object in the sky, after the sun and moon.
NASA says the space station is most visible at dawn and at dusk, and on a clear night can be spotted as a fast moving point of light in the sky.
The space agency has even created a notification system, called “Spot the Station,” that sends users an email or text on when they will be able to see the space station from their location.
Ever since blasting off for the ISS last December, Hadfield’s photos of earth from the space station have become an Internet sensation. His stream of Twitter photos have helped him gain more than 300,000 followers on the social networking site.
The International Space Station is seen from space shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their separation. (NASA)