Canadians Could See The SpaceX Ship Chasing The International Space Station Tonight
As long as the launch is a go.
Canadians should look to the skies tonight for a visual treat. The International Space Station will be making a pass high above the country, and it will be visible among the stars. People might even be able to see the SpaceX shuttle chasing after it.
In a May 25 news release, the Canadian Space Agency released an infographic showing when and where Canadians will be able to see the ISS passing by.
East coasters will be able to see it first, with St. John's residents getting the first look at 9:45 PM local time. The station will then be visible to those in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and P.E.I. at 10:50 PM local.
The ISS will continue its journey westward, making itself visible over Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa at 9:48 PM Eastern.
Those in Winnipeg will be able to spot the station at 10:21 PM Central, before Saskatchewans and Albertans get a look at 10:56 PM Mountain Time.
Finally, British Columbia residents can get their look at the passing station at 9:54 PM Pacific.
The Canadian Space Agency added that the SpaceX shuttle might also be visible chasing after the ISS tonight, provided you use binoculars or a small telescope.
However, that depends on whether the shuttle is launched. As of writing, a large storm has moved in over Florida, putting a question mark on whether the mission will be a go today or not.
The launch was already delayed on its original date of May 27 due to inclement weather, as reported by The Verge.
The SpaceX launch is a historic moment in American space travel, marking the first time United States astronauts have blasted off to the International Space Station from home soil in nine years.
Oddly enough, the two NASA veterans making the trek into space are named, which drew some funny comparisons to the Mackenzie brothers characters from SCTV.