Wednesday night is a great time for space-station watchers.
NASA says you can see the International Space Station orbiting right over Los Altos—for just three minutes, at 9:02 p.m. Wednesday night.
Space buffs know this, and there are a lot in this valley, with NASA Ames just down the road. No special equipment is needed, and, in fact, says Starry Skies Network, which has these viewing tips, a telescope would be an impediment. NASA's Glenn Research Center posts these tips.
As the third-brightest object in the sky, NASA promises it is easy to see, if you're fast and know where to look.
So here's where that is. NASA has supplied the following information via "Spot the Shuttle:"
Time: Wed Apr 24 9:02 PM, Visible: 3 min, Max Height: 72 degrees, Appears: NW, Disappears: ESE
Universe Today has a great beginners' guide to viewing, which explains why you see the station at different times and orientations, and how viewings occur roughly every six weeks.
Who's up there? According to NASA's Space Station site, Expedition 35 currently consists of Commander Chris Hadfield (U.S.A.) Flight Engineer Tom Washburn (U.S.A.), Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko (Russia), Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy (U.S.A.), Flight Engineer Alexander Mizurkin (Russia), and Flight Engineer Pavel Vinogradov (Russia). On March 29, three new crew members arrived on the Soyuz TMA-08M.
If you want alerts of when the space station will be orbiting overhead, sign up for alerts at NASA's "Spot The Station" site.