Spot the Space Station Using this Map

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Ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what (or who) was looking back? We don’t all think about aliens when we look up at the beautiful night sky, but some of us might remember the International Space Station. There are a ton of satellites flying in their orbits above us, and we might even get lucky enough to see one or two streaking across the dark sky. Many people in different locations around the world are unable to see the majority of the beauty in the skies above them due to light pollution, weather, and other busyness that obscures the skies from our eyesight.

When we do have the chance to look up, what do we see? We see stars, we see planets, we may see shooting stars and bits of space debris breaking up in the atmosphere. Although we can’t see it in any detail with our own eyes, the International Space Station is orbiting above us with some unique residents on board.

The International Space Station has been inhabited by humans for 16 years. This incredible feat has been made possible through incredible collaboration with space programs around the globe and a wealth of talented people both on the ground and up in space. Even if you can’t reliably see the night sky, you can track the movement of the International Space Station with NASA’s Spot the Station interactive map. The Spot the Station tool is used by over 300,000 people around the world who are able to connect directly with the astronauts on board the International Space Station when it orbits above them.

This 30 second exposure photograph captures the orbit of the International Space Station as it flies over Elkton, Virginia. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls, August 1, 2015.
This 30 second exposure photograph captures the orbit of the International Space Station as it flies over Elkton, Virginia. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls, August 1, 2015.

The program allows people to pinpoint exactly where the International Space Station is in relation to them on Earth, allowing them a greater chance of being able to make a connection with the astronauts above them. Users can also find out where they are most likely to catch a glimpse of the International Space Station as it orbits over their country.

Visit: Spot the Station – NASA

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