‘Spot the Station’ program by NASA helps you spot ISS in night sky

‘Spot the Station’ program by NASA helps you spot ISS in night sky

Do you know the International Space Station (ISS) could be visible from anywhere from the Earth? While observing sky at night, you might have seen something moving all of sudden in a still night sky, like a star that crashes or a meteorite that passes in close proximity to our planet. But weight, this could be the ISS.

The space station is very bright that make it become visible from the surface of the Earth, but identifying it could be a bit difficult for people. Therefore, NASA has introduced Spot the Station program to help of you all know when and where the space station will appear in you location.

If you want to spot the ISS from your hometown and are keen to capture one in your lenses, then sigh up to Spot the Station program in order to receive alert messages or emails that will tell you the time when it will be visible from your geographical location.

The alerts are sent out a few times each month when the stations orbit come near to your location. However, if you are in north of 51.6 degrees latitude, you should better check the information on sighting opportunity in your location through websites as notification may not be possible to process in these areas.

The notices or alert sent to users contain information about location, where one can spot the ISS. Distance at which the space station will appear is given in degrees. For instance, if it is 90 degrees, this means the station will appear right above your head. If it will be less than 90 degrees, the station will likely show up somewhere between the horizon and the 90 degrees mark.


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