Been there, done that
US space agency NASA, to mark twelve years' continuous occupation of the International Space Station, has set up a service which will alert users round the world when good chances to see the station pass over are about to occur. Under favourable conditions the ISS is the third brightest object in the sky, outshone only by the …
Been there, done that
See also http://www.n2yo.com/
This is an excellent web site, and it gives predictions for lots of other satellites and assorted space junk too. I've been using it for many years.
The great thing about the ISS is that its orbit is at just the right inclination to the Earth's equator so that it occasionally passes directly overhead if you're anywhere south of Birmingham.
Or Sat Tracker app on android.
or Twisst (Twitter ISS alerts).
Many many ways already, So I'm surprised nasa is behind on this.
... definitely www.heavens-above.com ... set the "Current observing site" and then check "10 day predictions for: ISS" ... spot on ... brilliant ...
NASA aren't behind.
I've been using http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/index.html for a couple of years IIRC.
Yes, you have to proactuively visit it to get info, but last week I had half my local pub visitors out in the beer garden to watch the last ISS Transit.
Thanks for yours & other posts with most stuff to spot & way to spot it.
The website, http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/ seems to have slash dotted (sorry, el reg'ed) just at present.
Mine's the one with the page of TLE's in the pocket.
Was going to post it, but you beat me to it.
Also the SatTrack app from Android that takes the Heavens Above feed and adds a few rather useful extra functions to it.
Also it's not much, but a half-decent reflector telescope and some luck gave me this blurry picture.
Hopefully will get a better one some time with the 100x eyepiece, if I can keep the damn thing steady enough. Try locking onto that thing with a scope and you can tell it's doing every one of those 17,000 miles per hour.
Heres a pic my brother took of the shuttle about to dock last year...
Looks good - on a 64x64 png :-)
@VirtualAstro does a nice job of tweeting when ISS is due to head over the UK.
But what's the point when you live around here (North Sea)? Or as the locals say: good weather is when your windscreen wiper is on intermittent...
ISS passes directly above the Bristol Channel, over London and on out past the Thames Estuary on a good pass. You should be able to see it low in the sky from there.
@M Gale: Thanks for the information. The point is that the sky's hardly ever clear and all I see is clouds - forgot the Joke Alert icon though.
Lack of coffee. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
>>It is best viewed on clear nights
Sometimes it crosses the sun or moon, here's one I did in Spain a couple of years ago:
BTW being so (relatively) high, it looks like a slow plane not a fast one.
Nice website and great pictures, Dave. Thanks for sharing it.
That's no moon!
Has been serving me well for ages.
twisst.nl if you don't twat.
Most memorable pass included Endeavor, as it was trailing the station prior to returning home. Science, brilliant! Especially when viewed from your own back garden.
A few months before they de-orbited it, I saw a simultaneous transit of Mir and the ISS. it was definitely a very cool thing.
Spot the 100 billion dollar turd NASA laid which push back going to Mars for decades. Oh look at that pretty bright object we can't even get to any more ourselves. Anything to justify it I guess.
Pushed back manned missions going to Mars that is. Luckily even with the ISS sucking up endless $ and only allowing science to be done on it %3.5 of the time at most plenty of resourceful scientists are doing more science with much less on the unmanned side.
I have nothing against exploring Mars but this "Man on Mars" is absolutely senseless. What could those guys do on Mars better than robots and satellites. And what about the cost, cheaper of course if they are left there but then again they would not be able to appear in commercials in old age. What did the guys on the moon achieve that robots could not have achieved, absolutely nothing. A completely political decision, and OK, but do we need that again.
Only when we have the means to build a colony on Mars would I understand it, and then again what the hell would that colony on Mars do.
>What could those guys do on Mars better than robots and satellites
I agree short term from a science prospective but getting off the planet long term should be a major goal for some of humanity for a variety of reasons and this is the next step.
>Only when we have the means to build a colony on Mars
Have to figure out how to go there first before building a colony.
>what the hell would that colony on Mars do.
Make humanity a lot less likely to be wiped out by a single doomsday event (which we are about due for).
Minerals, resources, and experiments with dodgy ethical implications that revolve around transporter technology?
>Have to figure out how to go there first before building a colony.
Been using H.A. for years, I can still remember my son at age 12, mooning a passing Chinese spy sat.
I believe that would actually be the Earth's hydrological cycle ...
If it's high up, then it's not a buzz.
Cool bit of info though. Thanks for that.