Spot The Space Station (ISS)

Three ways to learn about ISS:

“See the International Space Station [ISS]! As the third brightest object in the sky the space station is easy to see if you know when to look up.

With, you get a list of all visible passes of the ISS for your location during the next ten days. Green bars indicate the brightness of the ISS on its pass.

NASA’s Spot The Station service gives you a list of upcoming sighting opportunities for thousands of locations worldwide, and will let you sign up to receive notices of opportunities in your email inbox or cell phone. The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, but it is dozens of times higher than any airplane and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster. It is bright enough that it can even be seen from the middle of a city! To learn more about the space station, its international crew, and how they live and working in space, please visit the space station mission pages.”

Space Station videos:

Heavens-Above provides more kinds of info than the NASA site above. Note that the links in this post provide info for Sunnyvale, CA. To start using Heavens-Above:

  1. Click here.
  2. On the home page:
    1. Under “Configuration”, select Change your observing location, and enter info about the location you’re interested in.
    2. Under “Satellites”, “10-day predictions for satellites of special interest”, select ISS. A box in the upper-right-hand corner of your display shows the place for which the data is provided.

Note that “[The Magnitude] scale appears to work ‘in reverse’, with objects with a negative magnitude being brighter than those with a positive magnitude. The ‘larger’ the negative value, the brighter.

Go ahead and explore some of the other info Heavens-Above provides.


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