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Seeing the International Space Station is breath-taking! If you are interested in seeing more than just the moon, stars and planets in the sky, the International Space Station is a good object to search for.  It can easily be seen from Earth without a telescope but you have to know when and where to look for it.

Tracking the ISS (International Space Station) is an interesting activity that many astronomers and space enthusiasts enjoy, especially just before or after sunrise / sunset.  This is the best time to view the ISS because it is catching the light of the Sun, which is what makes it visible.

The ISS is a multi-national, modular space station that was planned and built over the course of several years during the 1990s and 2000s.  It started its journey with the launch of its first module, Zarya, on Nov. 20, 1998, and has been orbiting Earth ever since. It orbits around Earth about 15 times per day. It can be easily seen from ground as a bright, white dot slowly but steadily moving across the sky.  It will be visible to the naked eye for only about 4 minutes, as it is orbiting the earth at high velocities. So unless you know exactly when and where it will appear it can tricky to find. The good news is that it can be easily seen. This is due to the fact that the International Space Station is the largest satellite in existence and the reflective solar panels make it one of the brightest objects in the night sky.

Tracking the ISS on the internet can help you to determine when is the best time to go outside, look up, and try to spot the space station as it passes around 225 miles above our heads. provides information to help you locate the ISS and when it might be visible in your area so you know where to look. In general the space station moves from west to east looking like it is rising from the horizon. It’s orbit varies so it never follows exactly the same path.

News and status reports about activities on board the ISS are available on the news feed in the side bar, and ISS related products are available for sale in our store.

Want to know when a spacecraft will be flying over your city? Nasa SkyWatch will display a chart of times by city.

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