Space station to fly over Tampa during Super Bowl LV

Soichi Noguchi shared this view of Tampa from the space station. North to the right. This is Tampa International Airport in the middle, with Raymond James Stadium directly below.

Super Bowl LV in Tampa It will have a bridge out of this world.

Sure, the air force is sending a A rare trio of bombers over Raymond James Stadium It also concludes the national anthem. But the International Space Station will also rise later in the game.

USAF B-1, B-2, and B-52 It will fly 1,000 feet or soAs they did at rehearsal last week. Meanwhile, the space station will be 268 miles away when it passes over Tampa at speeds of over 17,000 miles per hour.

NASA says the station will appear in the northwestern sky at 7:15 pm, 45 minutes after launch. The station will look like a bright star moving northwest to southeast, reaching about 57 degrees in the sky – not two-thirds of the distance from the horizon.

The entire pass will last about seven minutes.

Of course, timing is a “super” coincidence, the result of the mechanics of the orbits. The space station often passes over Florida as it orbits Earth once every 90 minutes.

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The seven astronauts and astronauts on board the station should be able to see the brightly lit stadium from space, especially with the help of the long lenses they often use to photograph landmarks.

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi gave a preview of the scene when he was He tweeted a Tampa photo from the station on Friday.

Back in 2016, astronaut Scott Kelly snapped a photo of Levi Stadium in San Francisco – where the Bronco beat the Panthers in the Super Bowl 50 – during his year in space.

Olga Dmitrieva

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