Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spot the Space Station

Last summer my cousin Jon told me about NASA's Spot the Station website, where you can sign up for e-mail or text messages to alert you about when the International Space Station will be passing over your location so you can spot it in the night sky. It tells you when it will be passing over, for how long it will be visible and where to look for it in the sky. Jon also showed me an app, SkyView, that allows you to point your I-phone at the sky and see a map of what heavenly bodies, including the ISS, you are seeing. I've used the combination, along with the phone's compass, to spot the station several times, and it is very easy to see if you know when and where to look.