Skygazers in for a great show tonight in Northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND - Mostly clear skies tonight will give skygazers quite a view of several celestial bodies and the space station above northern Ohio.

The best part of is, no telescopes are needed. Binoculars are optional.

The International Space Station will do a five minute fly over of northern Ohio beginning at 8:38 p.m. according to Cleveland State University professor Jay Reynolds. The station will rise in the west, southwest sky at 8:38 p.m., streak to the north, northwest at 58 degrees above the horizon (or just above the Big Dipper) and exit to the northeast at 8:45 p.m. (See other viewing opportunities here:

Also tonight, the planet Mars will appear prominently in the eastern sky as it rises around 9:30 p.m. The planet will appear reddish in color as the sun reflects off the Martian atmosphere after sunset.

Look to the southwestern sky this evening and you'll see another very bright object in the sky. The planet Jupiter will provide quite a show shining brightly in the night sky.

And finally, the moon will be bright in its waxing gibbous phase as it crosses the heavens.

Enjoy the show!


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