Spot the International Space Station from your own Backyard

Spot the StationDid you know you may be able see the International Space Station from your home? As the third brightest object in the sky, after the sun and moon, the space station is easy to see if you know where and when to look for it.

NASA’s Spot the Station service sends you an email or text message a few hours before the space station passes over your house. The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, though one with people living and working aboard it more than 200 miles above the ground. It is best viewed on clear nights.

For more information and to sign up for alerts, visit Spot The Station.

This opportunity is a great extension to NASA Now: The Mechanics of Solar Panels. To access this episode of the Emmy Award winning NASA Now series, log into the NES Virtual Campus.

10 thoughts on “Spot the International Space Station from your own Backyard”

  1. Is anyone else having trouble signing on for Space Station alerts? I’m am unable to sign up from any of several links.

  2. What is the different colors glowing like a star at night it looks like an orb or star flashing green red blue yellow and white very odd

  3. Thank you NES/NASA. I’m always disappointed to hear about space and astronomy sitings/observations AFTER the fact. I’m excited to tell my students where to look for the next passing.

  4. A little help please.
    For some reason the notices seem to come about two days after the event, the one today at 9:45 am April 12, was for the April 10th crossing.

    I must be doing something wrong, but I can’t figure it out.

    Thanks for your help


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