ISS Watch: This week there will be several opportunities for catching a look at the International Space Station. And on the morning of the 3rd there will be two opportunities about 90 minutes or onnce around the Earth at Space Station speeds!
The first pass, for my area, at around 0512 am CDT, will only be about 1 minute but it will take the ISS across the horizon past the stars of the Big Dipper and coming very close to Venus and Regulus.
Ninety-four (94) minutes later, at 0646 am CDT, the ISS will again be visible, this time for around 5 minutes. However the sky will be considerably brighter but the ISS is very bright and should still be visible.
I use the NASA web site, ISS Sightings, to get the times when the ISS as well as the supply vessels will be visible from my home. The web site calculates for many countries, states, and cities, and the times are very accurate. It is easy to find your home city or town, or the nearest one.
I then use the Starry Night Astronomy program to get visual information as well as the graphics I use for the pictures and animations.
A fun thing to do is take someone who has never seen the ISS outside and at the right moment say look there as you point to where the ISS first becomes visible above the horizon.
An alternate to the NASA web site is the Heavans Above web site.
Here is a short video clip showing the two ISS passes for my area.