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Spot The Space Station Over Your Backyard With New NASA Service

 

 On the 12th anniversary of crews continuously living and working aboard the  International Space Station, NASA announced  Friday a new service to help people see the orbiting laboratory when it passes overhead. “Spot the Station” will send an email  or text message to those who sign up for the service a few hours before they will be able to see the space station.

 

When the space station is visible — typically at dawn and dusk — it is the brightest object in the night sky, other than the moon. On a clear night, the station is visible as a fast moving point of light, similar in size and brightness to the planet Venus. “Spot the Station” users will have the options to receive alerts about morning, evening or both types of sightings.

 

The International Space Station’s trajectory passes over more than 90 percent of Earth’s population. The service is designed to only notify users of passes that are high enough in the sky to be easily visible over trees, buildings and other objects on the horizon. NASA’s Johnson Space Center calculates the sighting information several times a week for more than 4,600 locations worldwide, all of which are available on “Spot the Station.”

 

To sign up for “Spot the Station”, visit:

 

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov

 

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.

 

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