How to spot ISS in your sky | 10/12/2018 | Deanna Conners
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A group photo taken of the full International Space Station crew shortly before three astronauts left earlier this month. Image via NASA/

The three astronauts now aboard the International Space Station (ISS) were supposed to be joined on Thursday – October 11, 2018 – by two new crewmembers. But a problem several minutes into launch sent the two new ones – NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin – plummeting in “ballistic mode” back to Earth. Both Hague and Ovchinin made it to the ground safely. Learn about the immediate future for the three astronauts currently aboard ISS here. Now on board ISS are NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst. Think of them as you read this post and learn to spot ISS in your sky.

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Jean Marie André Delaporte captured ISS over Normandy in France on October 9, 2018.

The International Space Station (ISS) has been orbiting our planet since 1998. From most locations on Earth, assuming you have clear night skies, you can see ISS for yourself. To us on Earth, it looks like a bright star moving quickly from horizon to horizon. As suddenly as it appears, it disappears. How do you know when to see ISS pass overhead from your location?

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NASA has a great tool to help – the Spot the Station program lets you sign up to receive alerts to let you know when ISS will be visible from your location – anywhere in the world. Plus there’s a map-based feature to track when to look for the station as it flies over you in your night sky.

You can also sign up for alerts via email or text message. Typically, alerts are sent out a few times each month when the station’s orbit is near your...
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