Space station, shuttle offer good views tonight

THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009, 1:12 P.M.

The space shuttle Endeavour, now docked with the International Space Station, easily can be seen tonight and Saturday night, if Inland Northwest skies are clear.

Tonight the station and shuttle will be visible for four minutes, starting at 9:50 p.m. Look 11 degrees above the western horizon. They’ll be flying to the south.

According to NASA, the station and shuttle will again be visible, weather permitting, Saturday night for four minutes, starting at 9:05 p.m. Look 12 degrees above the western horizon as they move to the south.

The station, with more than 38,000 square feet of reflective solar arrays, can be viewed with the naked eye. It appears as bright as or brighter than the most luminous stars.

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