The Space Shuttle launched this morning and will be orbiting Earth for the next few weeks. While orbiting, it will be docked with the International Space Station from the 12th to the 24th. The two will be visible on a regular basis for brief periods just before sunrise or just after sunset. Look here for details of visibility from San Francisco. You can also check visibility for any location on Earth.
In 2005 I began writing a column for the San Francisco Waldorf School newsletter called "The Urban Astronomer." I started this blog in 2007 as a place to archive my articles and to offer additional insights on the night sky - even if you live in a big city. In 2008 I became an occasional guest on the KFOG Morning Show, and more recently on KALW and KGO. Archived shows are posted on the blog.