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You can view the International Space Station from Vancouver tonight - Vancouver Is Awesome
Want to view the International Space Station up close and personal? According to Space.com, it's somewhat of a commitment. Actually, it requires that you are in amazing physical condition and have at least a bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics, as well as three years of professional experience before you are even considered for the selection process. With this in mind, only a diehard astronaut hopeful will commit to this lengthy and demanding journey. However, you can still view this marvel of human ingenuity from a distance with both feet firmly planted in Vancouver soil (or grass, or pavement - you get the picture). In fact, the International Space Station is viewable from the Lower Mainland on numerous occasions - but you'll have to know exactly where and when to look for it. Luckily, tonight is one of those nights, weather permitting. Stargazers can set their alarms for around 9:45; the station will be viewable at 9:50 p.m. Vancouver !The International Space Station is visible today to the naked eye (if clouds allow) at 9:50 pm Tip: set your alarm 63 https://t.co/fI01cZcyfBFAQ https://t.co/6pY2LLQn9vESA NASA https://t.co/ARZX2v53Jypic.twitter.com/k1UecX0gMV — Ignazio Magnani (@IgnazioMagnani) May 20, 2020 While the cloud cover may make viewing difficult tonight, there are a number of viewing opportunities in the upcoming days. NASA outlines them with this user-friendly tool HERE. Of course, knowing where and when to look is only half the battle - you'll also have to know what to look for. So, what exactly does the station look like? According to NASA, the station is visible to the naked eye and looks like a, "fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster." With that said, it is the third brightest object in the sky, which makes spotting it less difficult. Like the moon, the space station is visible because it reflects the light of the Sun. And, naturally, viewing opportunities are best on clear nights. The football field-sized space station serves as a testbed for technologies and supports NASA’s mission to push human presence father into space. Learn more about station updates and research here. Happy viewing, Vancouver!
Metro Vancouverites share snaps of last night's ginormous supermoon (PHOTOS) - Vancouver Is Awesome
Have a look at some of the best shots of last night's brilliant supermoon.
Residents of the Lower Mainland were treated to a dazzling lunar display last night as a supermoon illuminated crystal clear skies. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, "The May full Moon marked a time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom." They note that Native peoples would give distinctive names to each reoccurring full moon to mark the change of seasons. As such, many of these names arose when Native Americans first interacted with colonialists. The May full moon is also known as the Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon. Since the flower moon qualified as a 'supermoon,' it appeared a whopping 15 per cent brighter and seven per cent bigger than a regular full moon due to its proximity to earth. EarthSky notes that astronomers usually refer to 'supermoons' as perigean full moons – a term that simply refers to the moon being ‘near earth.’ With this in mind, May's supermoon was the smallest of the three supermoons this year. Have a look at some of the best shots of last night's brilliant supermoon. The last Super Moon of 2020. It rose so fast all my camera could capture was motion blurrrrr. Taken from the shores of Campbell River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. #discovercampbellriver#hellobc#[email protected]/HjZTEXgUVw — Stevie Froese (@StephanieFroese) May 8, 2020 Super Flower Moon- last Supermoon of 2020! pic.twitter.com/ukxFmXr6cK — Felisa lau (@FelisaLau) May 8, 2020 Beautiful night sky with a stunning full moon tonight View from #RichmondBC (pic taken at 10:30pm) #Canada#moon#supermoon#fullmoon#beautiful#Moonlight#SpringTimepic.twitter.com/4Apk0N8nJb — Arielle B (@Arielle82) May 8, 2020 Guess what came out of the #supermoon#langleypic.twitter.com/NnHlDeTmvB — Ted Field (@tedfieldglobal) May 8, 2020 Though art not alone! Here, look at the super moon pic.twitter.com/Wn6ru057YW — Jade River (@jaderiverdesign) May 8, 2020 Amazing full moon coming up over Mount Baker, from Downtown Vancouver tonight#moon#FullMoonpic.twitter.com/GVSR3dTD4K — Omar A.R. (@omarcanuck) May 8, 2020 Tonight , the moon is super bright !! It hurts my eyes :) #moon#supermoon#tonight#night#funnightpic.twitter.com/Wjdeqc3vt4 — Pino (@chinopinochan) May 7, 2020 Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies. While this works best the in more remote places, anywhere that has a higher elevation will also provide more ideal viewing conditions.