Astro delicacies: ISS, satellites, stars, Tesla Roadster, constellations in real time

A cool website shows everything that flies around the earth such as the ISS and satellites. You can also follow the course of the ISS and the Tesla Roadster, view constellations and check when the next solar eclipse is. Web tip for those interested in astronomy.

Heavens-above: Delicacies for astronomy fans

On the German-language website you can follow pretty much everything that flies by in the sky above you. And much more. For example, you can trace the flight of the ISS. A table shows the overflight data, optionally also for earlier or later time intervals. By clicking on the orbit, the so-called ground track of the current ISS orbit is displayed. The interactive 3D visualization of the ISS is also really cool.

On heavens-above, for example, you can also follow the flights of the increasingly numerous Starlink satellites from Elon Musk’s space company Space X, but also the satellites of Russia and other countries. The famous Tesla roadster that Musk launched into space also has its own entry.

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Before using heavens-above for the first time, it is important that you first enter your observation location. After that, it should be the best entry point to the live sky map.

Are you less interested in human-made flight lenses than in the next solar eclipse? No problem: You will also find what you are looking for here. In turn, you can use the interactive star map to locate the constellations in the firmament.

Spot the Station: This is how you see the ISS with the naked eye

Spot The Station is another website that shows you when the ISS is overhead, so you can see the space station with the naked eye. Enter your city in the search field at the top left of the map. Or click on the “Show me where I am” icon on the right-hand side of the map. In the map that then appears, you may have to zoom out a little so that you can see the locations for which the visibility data is available. Click on one of these entries and then on “View sighting opportunities”. You will now see a table with dates and times (based on the time at your location). For each entry there is, among other things, how long the ISS will be visible before it disappears on the horizon again.

Spot The Station shows when the ISS is overhead so you can see the space station with the naked eye. But this real-time map comes from ESA!


Spot The Station shows when the ISS is overhead so you can see the space station with the naked eye. But this real-time map comes from ESA!

You can only see the ISS for a few hours around sunrise and sunset at a time. Because the ISS does not shine bright enough to be seen during the day.

Here you can find the current position of the ISS

At you can always see the current location of the ISS on a map and a picture of the earth that is currently being transmitted from the ISS. Cool: You can be notified by email or SMS when the ISS is above you.

The representation of the current position of the ISS used by NASA is based on the corresponding map of the European space organization ESA.

You can find their ISS tracker here: Where is the International Space Station? For the full screen view of the representation, click on the corresponding symbol in the lower right corner.


You can also follow the ISS via smartphone app. For example with the free app ISS-Spotter (with in-app purchases): It shows you the current location of the ISS and the places from which you can see the ISS as well as a live image of the ISS. Or you can install the ISS-Detector app. This app introduces you to the insider articles of the Mac world in detail.

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