See the International Space Station from your back garden!
How would you like to see the International Space Station from your back garden? Well NASA now offer you an Email or txt message a few hours before the space station passes over your house. The txt or Email will tell you when you will see the International Space Station, where to look and what time it appears and disappears to the horizon.
The time is when the sighting opportunity will begin in your local time zone. All sightings will occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky. The service will only inform you when conditions are good i.e. when the space station is high enough (40 degrees or more) and last long enough for you to get the best view.
The International Space Station is the third brightest object in the sky after the sun and the moon and is easily spotted if you know where to look. The International Space Station is a modular structure whose first component was launched in 1998. The station can be seen with the naked eye from Earth without any special equipment. The station has been continuously occupied for 12 years, having exceeded the previous record of almost 10 years held by Mir, in 2010. The station is serviced by Soyuz spacecraft, Progress spacecraft, the Automated Transfer Vehicle, the H-II Transfer Vehicle, and formerly the Space Shuttle. It has been visited by astronauts and cosmonauts from 15 different nations. Take a visit to NASA’s website HERE for more information.