Find Out When the International Space Station is Flying Overhead!!

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Did you know the International Space Station (ISS) is VISIBLE to the human eye?! It is!

LOOK! Here’s what the International Space Station looked like (in a 30-second exposure) as it flew over Elkton, Virginia on Saturday, August 1, 2015:


photo by NASA/Bill Ingalls

Did you know you can also find out WHEN the ISS will be visible to YOU? YOU CAN!

Go to SPOT the STATION. When you get there, type in your country, state, and city and you’ll find out when it will be visible to YOU! How cool!

Or, try it HERE:

How will you know it’s the ISS and not a star or airplane?

The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction. It will also be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane (airplanes generally fly at about 600 miles (965 km) per hour; the space station flies at 17,500 miles (28,000 km) per hour).

If you go HERE, you can set up email or text alerts so you don’t miss out!

By the way, this is what Hurricane Matthew looked like from the ISS! Wow!

Follow the ISS on Instagram for more cool shots like this!

  • Helen Gircko

    Thank you, I will seize the moment. At the same time, l want sure that all the constellations are on their place. Yesterday they were located clearly wrong and behaved not quite normally. Perhaps, however, they were happy Friday. Have a great weekend!
    (By the way, if the human eye will be armed with binoculars, it will improve the outcome?)

  • Paul, This blog does remind me of the 1986 film you did Flight of the navigator.. one of my Ultra favorites indeed!! Thanks so very much for the wonderful memories of it! ??have a wonderful evening!

  • Robert Raymond Britz

    Thanks Pee Wee! That post was out of this world! I found out when the ISS will be flying over head here in Palm Springs and am thinking of putting together a spacey party. Wanna come? P.S. You can also invite all the gang from the playhouse. I have a large outdoor deck!;)

  • Helen Gircko

    Exactly! And if the ISS сould make flight with the same loud laughter, like a spaceship in the film’s finale, ISS location could be identified with the naked human ear.