Look in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No…It’s the Space Station!

spacejpgDid you know you can see the International Space Station from your house? As the third brightest object in the sky, after the sun and moon, the space station is easy to see if you know where and when to look for it.

NASA has made it easy for anyone to view the station. All you have to do is sign up for the Spot the Station service and NASA will send you an email or text message a few hours before the space station passes over your house.

This service will only notify you of “good” sighting opportunities – that is, sightings that are high enough in the sky (40 degrees or more) and last long enough to give you the best view of the orbiting laboratory. The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky and is best viewed on clear nights.

Spot the Station is available worldwide to anyone with an email account or SMS-enabled phone. Several times a week, Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, determines sighting opportunities for 4,600 locations worldwide. If your specific city or town isn’t listed, pick one that is fairly close to you. The space station is visible for a long distance around each of the listed locations.

 

 

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