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Spotting The ISS From The Earth

Shehla Faaiz | Feb 20, 2017, 16:34 IST

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Spotting The ISS From The Earth
You know, you can watch ISS from the Earth, that too through naked eyes from anywhere in the world. NASA has a program to spot it. Let’s SPOT THE ISS with Shehla Faaiz.
The International Space Station (ISS) has always fascinated us, and we all want to have a glimpse of it.
All About The ISS
The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit. It was launched in 1998. It is made of parts that were assembled in space by astronauts. This unique space laboratory is home to the astronauts and cosmonauts working there. It is a five bedroom house, and can house six crew members and visitors.
How Can You See ISS?
You can see the ISS during night sky. From Earth, it looks like a bright star moving quickly above the horizon. It appears suddenly, and then disappears suddenly, within few minutes.

NASA has a great tool to help ‘Spot the Station’ program.
The alert will be helpful in sighting of ISS.
Type 'NASA Spot The Station' on Google. The new window will open and give you the option of sign up. After the sign-up, “Spot the Station” will send an email or SMS message to you.
The ISS is mostly visible during dawn or dusk. So you are usually provided both the timings.
The message will be sent, a few hours before you will be able to see the space station over your head.
Alerts are typically sent out a few times each month, when the station’s orbit is near your location.

TIME- It is the time of the sighting opportunity in your local time zone. Sightings are usually a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset, because the sun reflects off the space station, and contrasts against the darker sky.

VISIBLE- It is the maximum time period the space station will be visible for.
MAX HEIGHT- It represents the height of the space station from the horizon in the night sky.
APPEARS- It is the location in the sky where the station will be first visible. In the above example, WNW is West by Northwest.
DISAPPEARS- This represents, that the International Space Station will leave your field of view in the Northeast.
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