posted on May, 30 2016 @ 10:38 PM
I only discovered this recently, though I wouldn't be surprised if it has been shared on ATS before. If it's a recent duplicate, my apologies. If
not, I hope bringing this up allows several other people to geek out a bit as I have
NASA has a really easy to use link which provides time and location in the sky of visible transits of the ISS (International Space Station) for any
location worldwide. Enter country, state/province, city (or nearest available) and it will give you the upcoming "schedule" of times and locations.
Here's the link: Spot the Station Link
; below is my story to go with it.
I just gave it a go for the first time. It showed the station would next be visible starting at 9:46PM, 11° above West, with a 5 minute transit
ending at 11° above North-East, with a max inclination of 58°.
I had mentioned it to my son (almost 4) earlier, and wanted to see if I'd be able to spot it before giving it a try with him tomorrow. He was winding
down, getting ready to sleep, so i snuck out the front door where i have my clearest view West. The sky was clear, and sure enough, right on cue,
there it was, right where it was supposed to come into view! Couldn't let him fall asleep. I came back in, "Hey buddy! Want to see the space
station?!" Son - "yeah, let's go! I'm ready!!" I scooped him up, ran to the backyard, and re-acquired our target.
It looks like a bright star. To our eyes, the magnitude was about on par with Jupiter. I found it really cool that I could check the location on the
website, look to the sky, and there it is... One of humanity's greatest accomplishments (one day to be looked at as a stepping stone.) My son found
it absolutely amazing that I knew which direction it was going to go. We just finished talking about the astronauts and the space station a few
minutes before writing this. Go humanity!!