I recently put up a Facebook post about the International Space Station. Out at Hawksbill Cabin, we are blessed with a dark sky - and I noticed sometimes a bright object flying over. After further research, I figured out that it was indeed the space station.
|NASA Image of the Amtrak Corridor from the International Space Station. DC and suburbs are the third bright blob|
from the left, and Shenandoah National Park is just above it - an unlit, shadowy ridge.
|Space Station flying over Alexandria - bright spot|
at the center as it approaches our roof.
I understand that the station is the third brightest object in the night sky - ranked behind the moon and Venus, I guess - but it's bright enough so that you can even see it from many cities. I was certainly visible with the clear skies that night in Alexandria.
Here are a couple of International Space Station links for the enthusiasts...the first is where you can sign up for alerts of flyovers, and the second is where you can watch streaming video of the earth below from the monitoring cameras installed on board: