BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you saw a bright light early Monday morning moving quickly in the sky, you caught a glimpse of the International Space Station.
Andrea Fujii explains we’ll be able to see it every day this week.
It’s not a bird or a plane, it’s the International Space Station.
“What we’re seeing is the light from the sun reflected off the space station,” said Jim O’Leary, Maryland Science Center.
The light orbits the earth every 90 minutes and all this week it’ll pass us overhead.
The International Space Station orbits our area every day, but you can only see it at certain times. Monday morning was perfect because the sky was so clear and the ISS was so high.
The region will be able to see it again Tuesday at 5:09 a.m. in the southeastern sky and at 6:41 a.m. in the northwestern sky.
The mission of the six member crew is to study how people live and work in space over long periods of time.
“You can walk outside and see this object circling the earth where six human beings are living aboard,” said O’Leary.
The captain of the mission is the brother-in-law of Tucson shooting victim Congressman Gabrielle Giffords.
Though just a blip in the sky, the ISS is as big as a football field and to see it in person is a real treat.
Congresswoman Giffords’ husband is also an astronaut and is expected to head the next International Space Station mission in April.
To see the schedule of when it will pass overhead this week, click here.