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Spot the station, ISS locator

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I didn't see a previous topic on this but NASA provides a tool called Spot the station where you can input your address and get short emails telling you when, where and for how long the ISS will be visible from your locale. http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

We used it tonight and got a perfect view as the ISS flew almost directly overhead for 4 minutes. Sun had just set so the ISS was, by far, the brightest object in the sky. Give it a shot

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I didn't see a previous topic on this but NASA provides a tool called Spot the station where you can input your address and get short emails telling you when, where and for how long the ISS will be visible from your locale. http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

We used it tonight and got a perfect view as the ISS flew almost directly overhead for 4 minutes. Sun had just set so the ISS was, by far, the brightest object in the sky. Give it a shot

I've been using it for about a year and it's nice to see it when it passes - just prior to dawn or just after sunset. You can also track it, though it's much more difficult, on a software called STELLARIUM.
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I've been using it for about a year and it's nice to see it when it passes - just prior to dawn or just after sunset. You can also track it, though it's much more difficult, on a software called STELLARIUM.

I'll make it easy on ya, use this site and you can see the view from the ISS from a set of HD cameras mounted on the hull. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload Right below that feed is a real time location for the ISS. Be aware that when it is in the shadow zones the cameras won't show anything. Moonset and moonrise are great if you can catch them.

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I have been using ISS Spotter, icon is green and black - same thing? Just had a look the app store seems to have a couple of ISS Spoters. NASA App is great too. I have some meteor shower apps too, there is quite a few good astronomy based ones.

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We've been doing this on a phone app for a couple weeks, including tracking satellites and watching them flash!. There is an excellent tracker app (ISS Detector) we use on my husband's phone (Galaxy S5) but it's not available for I-phones. It's cool to track an object on the app over Antarctica shortly after seeing it overhead!

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I have seen the ISS before but it wasn't nearly as bright as tonight, which was awesome because it was the first time my son had a chance to view it.

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I've always used this site:

http://www.heavens-above.com/

It allows you to input your location on a map and will then tell you when various satellites (including the ISS) will be visible from your location. It provides ground tracking maps, position and route in the sky, as well as apparent magnitude.

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I love this place. No matter what you know, there is always 10 times more info you get that you were missing and twenty people that are way smarter. Can't ask for more than that. Thanks!

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I'll make it easy on ya, use this site and you can see the view from the ISS from a set of HD cameras mounted on the hull. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload Right below that feed is a real time location for the ISS. Be aware that when it is in the shadow zones the cameras won't show anything. Moonset and moonrise are great if you can catch them.

Thanks. That's a great link.

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Another app for ios this time, Skyview. It covers all things up planets, stars, satellites and ISS. Search for iss and it will point you in the direction of where it is, where it has flown across and where it's trajectory is next.

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