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ISS Tracking : Keeping Track of the International Space Station

About Space Station

Orbiting the Earth at an altitude of about 400 km, the International Space Station (ISS) is humanity’s largest and longest-lived home and workplace in space. The ISS, a scientific laboratory and observatory, permanently houses as many as six men and women from over a dozen nations.

international space station tracking live feeds
International Space Station

This article explains how you can view live video of ISS operations; how you can see the ISS in the night sky; and how you can go about tracking the ISS’s position in real time.

How can I view the ISS in action?

Live video from the ISS is streamed below. You can view day-to-day operations aboard the ISS whenever its signals are being received by the ground. During the crew’s normal working hours, you can watch them as they live, work, and perform maintenance chores. At other times, you can view awesome pictures of the Earth captured by the ISS’s external cameras. (When the ISS’s signals are not being received, the screen will be blank.)

Want to catch up on what’s been happening aboard the ISS? The ISS has joined the Twitter-verse, via NASA’s new International Space Station Internet connection. Many of the tweets include pictures from the ISS. You can also get the latest ISS news and even send your own tweets.

Down below is international space station live feed:

How can I see the International Space Station from Earth?

The ISS in space can easily be seen from Earth. The space station is so big—over 100 m in width—that sometimes it is bright enough for you to see it with the naked eye. 

When the ISS passes relatively close to your location, you can glimpse it as a small but bright point of light moving from west to east across the night sky. It looks brightest before dawn or after dusk when it is illuminated by the Sun but your location is still in darkness. The International Space Station will only be visible for five minutes or less. To be ready to spot it, you need to know in advance when it will pass near you.  Here are some ways to find that out.

Where is the International Space Station?

There are several applications on the Internet to help you keep track of the ISS’s position. For example, ISS Tracker XI, from the European Space Agency (ESA), performs real-time ISS tracking. The world map in the upper pane shows the locations on Earth over which the ISS is flying. And it also shows the horizon circle and orbital path of the ISS. Locations within the horizon circle can see the ISS above the horizon at the present time. The orbital path of the ISS shows its previous, current, and next orbits. You can check the orbital path to see if the space station will be passing over your location soon. (Of course, this only works for the ISS’s very next orbit.)

Down below is international space station tracking map, which tracks ISS position in real time.

The lower panel shows that part of the Earth that is below the space station at the current time. You can display either Google Maps or satellite imagery. The pin represents the point on the ground that is directly below the ISS.

What Time Does the International Space Station Pass Near Me?

To be sure you can spot the ISS as it passes near you in the future, here are some other methods:

You can subscribe to NASA’s “Spot the Station” service. “Spot the Station” can send you an email or SMS text message to alert you when the ISS will next pass close to you. On Twitter, Twisst can send you a tweet alerting you when the  International Space Station is to pass by. And there are mobile apps, such as ISS Detector for Android and  International Space Station Spotter for iPhone, that can alert you before the ISS passes by.
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