This is the International Space Station, as seen in the night sky above Orange County, California.
This, too, is the magic of social media: If I hadn’t seen this Instagram post, cross-linked to my neighborhood Facebook group, I wouldn’t have known what to look for, where or when.
It was infinitely cool to watch its trajectory through space–no high-powered telescope necessary–and to realize I wasn’t the only one looking skyward on a clear, starry night.
For a list of ISS flyovers in your neighborhood, visit NASA’s Spot the Station website. Oh sure, given a quick Google search, you can call up crystal-clear images and powerful videos. But once you see it with your own eyes, you’ll remember it always!