The International Space Station orbits the Earth 16 times a day, and you can see it from the comfort of your own home. This is how you do it.
NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) has been orbiting the Earth for more than 21 years, and currently has three astronauts in it. You can see it through the sky on a clear night from your own home using these practical tools.
ISS is actually very easy to recognize when you know how, so many adults are surprised that they have never seen it before. It can be seen wherever you are in the world. The elements and timing must be right to get good eyesight, but throughout the year there are many opportunities to see them.
This is the third brightest object in the sky at night, and at first glance you might think it is an airplane flying overhead. It is much taller and faster than a plane, and has a constant light rather than flashing or flashing. It will move in a stable curve from one side of the horizon to the other.
In recent years, parents have encouraged their children to look at the night sky on Christmas Eve to look for ISS, convincing them that they really see the Santa Giring.
Now that you know what you are looking for, you will need a tool to help you find out when and where. You can use the ISS tracking application on mobile to do it, and we have chosen the best.
How to recognize ISS on an iPhone
This is a simple application, but GoISSWatch is our choice tracker for the iPhone. This will use your location to exercise when the next visible ISS passes, and can notify you about five minutes before it is scheduled to appear.
You can then use the Sky function to see tools that use your iPhone’s compass to help you look for ways to face where the best ISS display will appear.
ISS Finder has more bells and whistles than GoISSWatch, including weather predictions and information about the crew, but we find it a bit more difficult to use when it comes to actually seeing ISS when it passes. It’s also free, so it’s worth a try if you’re not interested in GoISSWatch’s slightly older design.
How to recognize ISS on Android
Neither GoISSWatch nor ISS Finder are available on Android, but a good alternative is the ISS Detector.
It combines elements from both iPhone applications, including weather prediction and easy-to-use compass tools.
Customizable alerts are also useful.