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Space station visible from island

"Whidbey islanders should be able to look up and to the south and see the international space station -- if they look quickly on a clear night.The station is now one of the brightest objects in the skies, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It weighs 97.5 tons and features a new set of solar power wings, which span 240 feet and are 38 feet wide. The U.S. Space Shuttle is presently attached to the station as work on the solar wings continues.According to NASA's Web site, spaceflight.nasa.gov/station, here is when the station can be viewed with the unaided eye from the Seattle area, weather permitting:Monday, Dec. 11, 6:09 p.m., for one minute. The station will approach at 10 degrees above the southern horizon and rise to a maximum of 14 degrees, departing at 14 degrees south/southeast.Wednesday, Dec. 13, 5:41 p.m., for two minutes. The station will approach at 18 degrees above the southern horizon and rise to a maximum elevation of 23 degrees, departing at 20 degrees east/southeast.NASA's Web site provides a wealth of information about the station, including a guided tour, as well as a chart on when it can be viewed from most major cities in the world. "

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