" />

NASA site helps answer the question, when will the ISS be overhead, with email/sms alerts

NASA site helps answer the question, when will the ISS be overhead, with email/sms alerts

NASA has had a crazy, busy year – apart from landing a massive rover on Mars, and transporting the retired space shuttle Endeavour through the streets of LA (like that was a normal thing to do), the space agency also found it’s mojo on the web.

So with all this going on you can forgive us for not spotting this gem of a service that NASA released last week.  The Agency has created a service that will alert you whenever the International Space Station is overhead – and it works wherever you are in the world.

NASA’s Spot The Station website continues NASA’s brilliant efforts in bringing its work to the public.  The website lets you sign up for text and email alerts which will be delivered to you whenever the ISS is going to be over your location; and should allow photographers the chance to capture images of the ISS in orbit.

If you do sign up for the service NASA has this advice when searching for the ISS in the night’s sky; “The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, though one with people living and working aboard it more than 200 miles above the ground. It is best viewed on clear nights.”

You should be able to see the space station with the naked eye – it’s the size of a football field and the third brightest object in the sky during optimum viewing times.

International Space Station - size comparison

International Space Station – size comparison. Credit: NASA

The agency says that the data for the alerts comes from Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, which calculates the visibility for the ISS for 4,600 locations around the world.  NASA says that the ISS will be visible to users at least once or twice a month but it could be visible some users as often as once or twice a week.

View Comments (2)


  1. bibhutibhusan969@yahoo.in'


    November 30, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    Thirty days after the official launch of the HughesNet Gen4 High Speed satellite Internet service, EchoStar 17 continues to provide the highest speed satellite broadband available to customers in North America.

  2. bibhutibhusan969@yahoo.in'


    November 30, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Thirty days after the official launch of the HughesNet Gen4 High Speed satellite Internet service.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Piers Dillon-Scott is co-editor of The Sociable and writes about stuff he finds. He likes technology, media, and using the Oxford comma (because it just makes sense).

More in Science


Physics just put a whole new ‘spin’ on connecting AI, human brain function

Tim HinchliffeDecember 20, 2016
save the bees

Mushrooms to save the bees from Monsanto, Bayer insecticides

Tim HinchliffeAugust 17, 2016

Liquid found on Titan: Saturn in science and mythology

Tim HinchliffeAugust 11, 2016
mass shooting

Bombs for bullets: Why are mass shooting suspects almost never taken alive?

Tim HinchliffeJuly 13, 2016
Mars Exploration

Mars exploration technology brought down to Earth

Tim HinchliffeMay 18, 2016
Ondas de la Ayahuasca by Pablo Amaringo

UW research into DNA storage backs up ancient shamanic knowledge

Tim HinchliffeApril 12, 2016

Researching ‘shrooms’: The magic tripping dose, mystical experiences and the tech community

Tim HinchliffeMarch 10, 2016

Controlling Creepy-Crawly Kamigamis – an Affordable Robot for Kids (Video)

George ChiltonOctober 23, 2015

Dublin’s commuters are getting a bit of physics with their daily commute these days

Piers Dillon ScottOctober 23, 2013