TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - You won't need a telescope or even binoculars to watch the International Space Station move through the night sky Thursday: you'll be able to get a great view just by looking up!
According to NASA, the ISS will be visible from the Tampa/St. Petersburg area for five minutes, starting at 7:59 p.m. Thursday.
NASA says this is the optimum viewing period because the sun reflects off of the space station and contrasts against the darker sky.
The space station will initially appear just above the horizon from the south-southwest, and will reach a maximum height of 68 degrees before it disappears in the northeast.
Flying at 17,500 miles per hour, the ISS will look like an airplane or very bright star moving across the sky, but NASA points out it will move considerably faster than a typical airplane.
Don't forget to wave as the space station flies by: remember, there's a crew of six astronauts on board!
For more information on spotting the International Space Station, visit NASA's website.