Spot the station.

 

Spot the station.

Anyone else go out and watch the space station whiz by? Wifey and I do, not sure what the fascination is but we catch it whenever it's clear enough to see.

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

You can sign up for email alerts to be notified when it'll be crossing your area.

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it's bright

It's bright and it goes by very fast.

There's An App For That

GoISSWatch on the Apple store. Also available for Android.

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Sky

diesel wrote:

GoISSWatch on the Apple store. Also available for Android.

If you like sky stuff there's an app for android called Sky Map that is literally a map of the stars that's very much like a GPS in that you move the phone around and the map moves with you.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.and...

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Thanks diesel

The GoISSWatch pass times for my location match up closely with spotthestation. The app also displays the ISS magnitude, which is helpful.

Surprised to find that we have daily (and many twice-daily) sightings for the next week.

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x2

WAASup wrote:

The GoISSWatch pass times for my location match up closely with spotthestation. The app also displays the ISS magnitude, which is helpful.

Surprised to find that we have daily (and many twice-daily) sightings for the next week.

I don't have the app but I do get an email alert the day before. I visit the site I linked as well and I too was surprised at the twice a day a few times, and only about 2 hours apart.

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Which one

diesel wrote:

GoISSWatch on the Apple store. Also available for Android.

There are a ton of Android apps there for the ISS, which one? I don't see one of the hundreds that are spelled the same, maybe you could link it for me?

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Look For It All The Time

I look for it all the time. I've got a couple of fellow photojournalist buddies that shoot streak photos of it all the time too.

Well, Apparently I Can't

I'm an Apple guy, so I don't know much about Android. I have seen references that GoISSWatch is available for Android, but I have not been able to find how to get the Android version. That's strange.

Go to www.gosoftworks.com, that's the company that makes the apps.

They also have satellite and skywatching apps. They are pretty cool.

soberbyker wrote:
diesel wrote:

GoISSWatch on the Apple store. Also available for Android.

There are a ton of Android apps there for the ISS, which one? I don't see one of the hundreds that are spelled the same, maybe you could link it for me?

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Neither can I

diesel wrote:

I'm an Apple guy, so I don't know much about Android. I have seen references that GoISSWatch is available for Android, but I have not been able to find how to get the Android version. That's strange.

Go to www.gosoftworks.com, that's the company that makes the apps.

They also have satellite and skywatching apps. They are pretty cool.

The gosoft link is all Apple stuff, none that I saw for the ISS, I'm an Android guy.

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Options

Well, there must be plenty of space station app options for Android, I'm sure you can find something.

I usually try a bunch of apps and stick with the one I like.

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Starlink Satellites

Another very cool and interesting set of satellites to watch fly overhead is the Starlink Satellites. If your lucky and you get a viewing opportunity within the first few weeks after they launch they fly together like a string of pearls floating overhead. I was out Saturday night and watched the last set of satellites that were just launched fly over, a total of 60 of them in a tight bunch. Despite their tiny size, they’re fairly bright and can be easily seen with the naked eye. As I mentioned above you need to catch these very early after launch as they individually raise their orbits and will not be visible anymore.

I strongly suggest the website heavensabove.com for viewing opportunities for the starlink satellites and hundreds and hundreds more.

Thanks....

This is fun information.

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Yea, the only reason you can

Yea, the only reason you can see it going 17,136 MPH is that you are 254 miles away. If you see it for 4 minutes it traveled over 1,142 miles which would take over 17 hours by car.

yea, but ...

diesel wrote:

Well, there must be plenty of space station app options for Android, I'm sure you can find something.

I usually try a bunch of apps and stick with the one I like.

Yes, there are literally hundreds of similar apps for android, I was trying to find the exact one you mentioned, there are too many to just start trying them, I liked the recommendation of a tried and true app. Unfortunately I don't think they make the one you mentioned for Android.

I'll stick with the emails and the website, thanks for the info though.

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must be cool to see ...

NASAstronut wrote:

Another very cool and interesting set of satellites to watch fly overhead is the Starlink Satellites. If your lucky and you get a viewing opportunity within the first few weeks after they launch they fly together like a string of pearls floating overhead. I was out Saturday night and watched the last set of satellites that were just launched fly over, a total of 60 of them in a tight bunch. Despite their tiny size, they’re fairly bright and can be easily seen with the naked eye. As I mentioned above you need to catch these very early after launch as they individually raise their orbits and will not be visible anymore.

I strongly suggest the website heavensabove.com for viewing opportunities for the starlink satellites and hundreds and hundreds more.

Thanks for the info, seeing that must be pretty cool.

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But wait, there's more!!!!

There is far more that is visible to the naked eye. There are also many apps out there to help you locate and time them. Search them out, try them and see what works for you.

When I'm fishing (night fishing) I can watch the sky and see the satellites going across. There's plenty up there. On vacation, I'll go up to the top of the local mountain and just lay down on the ground/rocks and watch the sky. Don't need an app, just watch, you'll see plenty.

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mountain

diesel wrote:

There is far more that is visible to the naked eye. There are also many apps out there to help you locate and time them. Search them out, try them and see what works for you.

When I'm fishing (night fishing) I can watch the sky and see the satellites going across. There's plenty up there. On vacation, I'll go up to the top of the local mountain and just lay down on the ground/rocks and watch the sky. Don't need an app, just watch, you'll see plenty.

My in-laws (RIP) lived in the Pocono Mountain area in Pennsylvania, the night sky there was always incredible. I live just west of Philadelphia and the night sky here can be kind of dull as there is too much ground light and it takes away from the brilliance of a pitch black area.

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