ISS Tracking: View The International Space Station From Your Back Yard

Want to show the kids something exciting and interesting related to science and space?  With ISS Tracking, now you can sign up to receive alerts of when the International Space Station (ISS) can be seen overhead. The International Space Station orbits between 205 and 270 miles above the earth’s surface and is a monument to the accolades of modern science. Weighing approximately 850,000 pounds and travelling fast enough to circle the earth in approximately 90 minutes, the International Space Station is a modern marvel. Now NASA offers a way to receive email or text alerts any time the space station is within viewing distance with the naked eye.

Sign up to receive ISS Tracking alerts

ISS Tracking: What You Need to Know

Several times a week from Houston Texas, NASA’s Johnson Space Center Mission Control determines International Space Station sighting opportunities for 4,600 locations worldwide. Mission Control will send out either an alert email or a text depending on your preference with the viewing time, duration, and where to look to be able to clearly see the space station. There are a variety of viewing opportunities depending on the time of year, and often the viewing times are in the early morning or early evening hours. Having the darker twilight background aids in viewing the ISS directly.

You do not need a telescope to see the space station.

ISS Tracking

Receive alerts to know when you can view the space station overhead

If your specific city or town isn’t listed as one of the 4,600 locations on the NASA spot the station website, pick one that is fairly close to you. The space station is visible for a long distance around each of the listed locations. Since the decommission of the space shuttle program NASA has sought to find ways to keep people interested in dreaming about space and this is a great way to do it.

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