Did you know that you can see the ISS (International Space Station) from your house? The ISS is the third brightest object in the sky, after the sun and moon, and that’s why it is very easy to see the ISS if you know when and where to look for it. The best part is that the station can be seen with the naked eye from Earth without any special equipment. In fact, it may also be possible that you have already seen it before, but you didn’t realized that it is the ISS.
So if you want to see the ISS, then it is essential that you know the right time to look for it in the sky. NASA can inform you when the ISS is just over your head with their “Spot the Station” service. This service sends you an email or text message a few hours before the space station passes over your house. You can sign up for free and get alerts via SMS or an email.
The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, and it is best viewed on clear nights. Spot the Station is a free service and it is available worldwide, you’ll only need a SMS-enabled phone and an email account.
This service will only notify you when your location has good sighting opportunities – that is, sightings that are high enough in the sky and last long enough to give you the best view of the orbiting laboratory.
You can get alerts from once or twice a week to once or twice a month, depending on the space station’s orbit. If you love space, or have interests in science and astronomy, then you should definitely sign-up for this.
You can also check out the detailed article about ISS on Wikipedia.