The International Space Station ISS is constantly orbiting the earth. You can see them with the naked eye as long as there are no clouds in the sky obscuring your view. That’s how it’s done.
Space travel: this is how you can see the ISS with the naked eye
Spot The Station is the name of the website
which shows you when the ISS is above you so that 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 you 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.
You can only see the ISS a few hours around sunrise and sunset. Because the ISS is not bright enough to be seen during the day.
you will also 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. At the time of going to press it was just over North America. Cool: You can be notified by email or SMS when the ISS is above you.
You can also follow the ISS via smartphone app. For example with the free app
(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 app
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