The Dragon capsule and rocket Falcon 9 made a successful launch from Cape Canaveral last night. Now the capsule is currently playing the role of “It” in a celestial game of tag, chasing down the International Space Station to deliver cargo.
Since the ISS is constantly in orbit, circling the entire globe in 91.5 minutes, the Dragon capsule has to spend the next few days catching up.
This is good news for stargazers. As the capsule gets closer and closer, you’ll be able to see two specs streak across the early night and pre-dawn sky (you can’t see satellites in the middle of the night because they need to reflect the sun to be seen. If the sun is on the other side of the Earth, we block the rays from hitting the satellite).
If you want to know where and when you can see the ISS or the Dragon capsule pass by, check out NASA’s real-time data site. But do it quickly – the capsule will be docking at the space station early Wednesday morning.
Or, if you prefer you action closer-up, watch the video of Space X’s capsule launch.