Space Shuttle, Space Station To Give Oklahoma Rare Sight


Monday, March 7th 2011, 2:56 pm
By: News On 6


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TULSA, Oklahoma -- The space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station will provide a "spectacular" sight for Oklahoma, if the weather cooperates.

Discovery undocked from the space station Monday morning and according to Spaceweather.com the two objects will provide a series of doubly flyby sighting opportunities.

The website says the pair will be "flying over parts of the United States and Europe tonight and tomorrow, appearing in the night sky as a closely-spaced pair of bright lights."

This is also a last chance to see Discovery in flight, because the orbiter will be retired after landing in Florida on Wednesday, March 9th.

According to the site, tonight the pair will appear low on the horizon north-northwest of Tulsa at about 7:30 p.m.  Tomorrow night they'll appear in the west-northwest sky at about 7:56 p.m. about 70 degrees above the horizon.

News On 6 chief meteorologist Travis Meyer says there's a good chance clouds will obscure the view for most Oklahomans.  But he says there will be some breaks in the clouds so it's worth a shot at trying to see the sight.