Area station to fly over Tampa throughout Tremendous Bowl LV

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

The Super Bowl LV in Tampa will have an extraordinary flyover.

Sure, the Air Force sends a rare trifecta of bombers over Raymond James Stadium as the national anthem ends. But the International Space Station will also skyrocket later in the game.

The USAF B-1, B-2, and B-52 will fly at an altitude of approximately 1,000 feet, as in last week’s rehearsal. The space station, meanwhile, will be 268 miles high as it travels over Tampa at over 17,000 mph.

NASA says the station will appear in the northwest sky at 7.15 p.m., about 45 minutes after kick-off. The station will look like a bright star moving from northwest to southeast and reaching about 57 degrees in the sky – not quite two-thirds of the way from the horizon.

The entire pass takes about seven minutes.

Two views: Super Bowl flyover practice

Three US Air Force bombers flew over Raymond James Stadium on Friday evening to train for the Super Bowl flyover on Sunday. A second B-1B stood for the B-2, which was expected for the reality on Sunday.

The timing is of course a “super” coincidence, the result of the orbital mechanics. The space station often travels over Florida when it orbits the earth every 90 minutes.

The seven astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the station should be able to see the brightly lit stadium from space, especially with the help of the long lenses they often use for landmark photography.

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi previewed the view when he tweeted a Tampa photo from the station on Friday.

In 2016, astronaut Scott Kelly snapped a photo of Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco during his space year – when the Broncos defeated the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

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