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Did you know you can see the International Space Station from your house? As the third brightest object in the sky, after the sun and moon, the space station is easy to see if you know where and when to look for it
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NASA’s Spot the Station service sends you an email or text message a few hours before the space station passes over your house. The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, though one with people living and working aboard it more than 200 miles above the ground.
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Spot the Station is available worldwide to anyone with an email account or SMS-enabled phone. Several times a week, Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, determines sighting opportunities for 4,600 locations worldwide. If your specific city or town isn’t listed, pick one that is fairly close to you. The space station is visible for a long distance around each of the listed locations.
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This service will only notify you of “good” sighting opportunities - that is, sightings that are high enough in the sky (40 degrees or more) and last long enough to give you the best view of the orbiting laboratory. This will be anywhere from once or twice a week to once or twice a month, depending on the space station’s orbit.

I signed up for it last week. I received a text but was not awake to see it.This is nice in addition to the websites that you can track the ISS. Can't wait to see it. I always thought it was too small to see.

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http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/
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You can watch the ISS orbit in Stellarium....

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I saw it once by chance. Was out smoking and noticed a fast bright object moving across the sky. Thought to myself... pulled out the iPhone loaded the skywalk app and pointed it at the object and sure enough it was the ISS. You cant miss it. It was extremely fast solid bright spot with no flashing navigation lights like on aircraft.
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Thanks Dunx that program is awesome. Been playing with it since I read your post.
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I have long had an interest in astronomy, and love the program, just wish I lived somewhere dark enough to enjoy a telescope mad.gif

Glad you enjoyed it !

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I saw it once by chance. Was out smoking and noticed a fast bright object moving across the sky. Thought to myself... pulled out the iPhone loaded the skywalk app and pointed it at the object and sure enough it was the ISS. You cant miss it. It was extremely fast solid bright spot with no flashing navigation lights like on aircraft.

oh wow.. then that explains last week when I was driving.... I thought it was a shooting star... but it was too bright.
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Caught a glimpse through binoculars...I'd love to get a good shot with my telescope, but it moves so fast.
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This is sick! thumb.gif
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Yea I wish I lived somewhere where it was dark enough to really enjoy the stars.Excellent dark sky must REALLY be out there.

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is there an app for that...no seriously?
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