POSTED: 08:45 p.m. HST, Jan 01, 2012
Weather permitting, the International Space Station will put in an appearance in Hawaii skies on Wednesday.
The space station will rise in the northwest about 7:08 p.m. and travel to the right, passing just under the waxing gibbous moon about 7:12 p.m.
It will blink out of sight as it enters the Earth’s shadow about a minute later.
Another bright attraction, the planet Jupiter, will be nearly straight up at that time. Venus will be low in the southwest.
The space station, about 220 miles up, travels at a speed of about 17,200 mph, completing an orbit every 92 minutes. It is visible just before dawn or after sunset when it is illuminated by the sun against the darker sky.
Aboard are two Americans, retired Coast Guard Capt. Dan Burbank and chemical engineer Don Pettit; Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Oleg Kononenko; and Dutch astronaut Dr. Andre Kuipers.