It’s cool to watch the International Space Station fly overhead. The problem is you have to remember to check the sighting opportunities page to know when and if the station will be flying over your location.
Smartphones and tablet computers have apps that send alerts for station flyovers. But what if you don’t have either?
Spot the Station to the rescue!
A new service that was announced on Nov. 2, the 12th anniversary of a human presence on the space station, alerts subscribers to station-sighting opportunities. Alerts are sent as an email or as a text message hours before the station flies over the subscriber’s neighborhood. Only flyovers that are high enough in the sky and last long enough to view are announced in the alert.
You and your students may sign up to have alerts sent to your phone or email. You may also want to create a multimedia project using one of our space-station-related DIY Podcast modules:
• Space Station
• Lab Safety
• Solar Arrays
• Sports Demo
The last week of November and the first week of December will offer good sighting opportunities in many locations.
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