Spot the International Space Station!

Scott Taylor
8 November 2012

With its huge solar panels that reflect sunlight, the International Space Station (ISS) is the third-brightest object in the sky; only the Sun and Moon are brighter. The ISS is easy to see as it passes overhead in the night sky even without binoculars or a telescope, but you need to know when and where to look.

Now you can sign up for email and text alerts to let you know when the ISS will be passing over your neighbourhood. NASA’s Spot the Station service sends you a message a couple of hours before the ISS will be passing overhead so that you can plan to watch it. You can also use NASA’s Skywatch website and applet to keep track of the International Space Station and other spacecraft in orbit. Keep watching the skies!

Links:

Spot the Station: http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/index.cfm

Skywatch: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/

Photo: NASA (http://www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-134/html/s134e010137.html)

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor is Acting Program Manager for CurioCity at Let’s Talk Science. He grew up watching bug-eyed monsters in sci-fi B-movies and dreaming of our future in space, and remembers being a young child watching the first astronauts walk on the Moon. Passionate about the importance of science education and understanding how science and technology impacts our society, he is still a sci-fi geek.    


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