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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 …

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  1. The Serpent

    www.heavens-above.com

    Been there, done that

  2. Roger Greenwood
    Happy

    Re: www.heavens-above.com

    See also http://www.n2yo.com/

  3. David Harper 1
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    Re: www.heavens-above.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.

  4. Parax

    Re: www.heavens-above.com

    Or Sat Tracker app on android.

    or Twisst (Twitter ISS alerts).

    Many many ways already, So I'm surprised nasa is behind on this.

  5. Erwin Hofmann
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    Re: www.heavens-above.com

    ... definitely www.heavens-above.com ... set the "Current observing site" and then check "10 day predictions for: ISS" ... spot on ... brilliant ...

  6. Pedigree-Pete Bronze badge
    Happy

    Re: www.heavens-above.com

    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.

  7. I Am Spartacus
    Coat

    Try tomorrow.

    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.

  8. DJ Smiley
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    Re: Try tomorrow.

    Was going to post it, but you beat me to it.

  9. M Gale

    Heavens Above

    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.

  10. Longmeister

    Re: Heavens Above

    Heres a pic my brother took of the shuttle about to dock last year...

    https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=B5A591CC2153CF7C!26266&authkey=!AA88gtlvXmnerzI

  11. TheRealRoland
    Joke

    Re: Heavens Above

    Looks good - on a 64x64 png :-)

  12. dcd
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    Re: Heavens Above

    Respect!

  13. Bod

    @VirtualAstro

    @VirtualAstro does a nice job of tweeting when ISS is due to head over the UK.

  14. Evil Auditor Silver badge

    Great!

    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...

  15. M Gale

    Re: Great!

    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.

  16. Evil Auditor Silver badge

    Re: Great!

    @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.

  17. M Gale
    Facepalm

    Re: Great!

    Lack of coffee. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

  18. Blitheringeejit
    Holmes

    Specialist subject the bleedin' obvious

    >>It is best viewed on clear nights

  19. David Nash Silver badge

    Harder to see in the daytime

    Sometimes it crosses the sun or moon, here's one I did in Spain a couple of years ago:

    http://www.davesastro.co.uk/solar/iss_sun_20100808.html

    BTW being so (relatively) high, it looks like a slow plane not a fast one.

  20. Yet Another Hierachial Anonynmous Coward

    Re: Harder to see in the daytime

    Nice website and great pictures, Dave. Thanks for sharing it.

  21. jai

    obligatory...

    That's no moon!

  22. Chris 171
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    @twisst

    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.

  23. Erik N.

    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.

  24. asdf Silver badge
    Trollface

    better known as

    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.

  25. asdf Silver badge

    Re: better known as

    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.

  26. Lars Silver badge
    Pint

    Re: better known as

    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.

  27. asdf Silver badge

    Re: better known as

    >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).

  28. M Gale

    Re: better known as

    Minerals, resources, and experiments with dodgy ethical implications that revolve around transporter technology?

  29. Arb2

    Re: better known as

    >Have to figure out how to go there first before building a colony.

    http://mars-one.com

  30. Ian Emery Silver badge
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    Been using H.A. for years, I can still remember my son at age 12, mooning a passing Chinese spy sat.

  31. johnwerneken

    where it's at

    http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

  32. jake Silver badge

    "the most advanced urine recycling machinery in the Solar System."

    I believe that would actually be the Earth's hydrological cycle ...

  33. Killraven

    Crap Headline/Byline

    If it's high up, then it's not a buzz.

    Cool bit of info though. Thanks for that.

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