International Space Station visible over night sky

By Chad Weber

December 12, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:21 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- If you blinked, you might have missed it but for a moment, a flying object from space was visible in Wednesday night's sky.

The object was the International Space Station, in orbit around the Earth.

The station was visible as it hurled through space at its usual speed of over 17,000 miles per hour.

Although the craft makes orbit every hour and a half, spotting it from Earth is a less frequent event.

"The only time we really have the visibility to see it is when we are in the dark and they are just still up in the sun light," explained Bill Cole of the Peoria Astronomical Society. "It has no lights on it. So all we're seeing is it being lit by the sun up on it."

Cole said the station will also be visible again Thursday night with a better view, as the station flies high over the sky from the southwest to the east from 5:34 p.m. to 5:39 p.m..

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