ISS or International Space Station is the largest artificial satellite in the world, owned and operated by NASA. It is the inhabitable space lab, which can host astronauts for months, or sometimes for years. Place in the lower orbit of the earth, the ISS, nowadays is visible for the earth. As such moments come almost once-in-a-lifetime, no space enthusiast want to miss the golden opportunity.
As per the announcement of NASA, the International Space Station (ISS), which is being served as a microgravity and space-ecology experiment laboratory for since years, can be observed from several thousand locations, across the globe. If you don’t want to miss the chance of watching ISS from the ground, in naked eyes, there here are some tips and tricks which could help you.
The International Space Station (ISS) can be easily seen from the earth in naked eyes. No equipment or binoculars.
One can witness ISS from the earth, only when the largest artificial satellite is positioned in 40 degrees or more, above the horizon.
Just like stars, the ISS can be witnessed in the daytime; however, possibilities are pretty less. Because of the reflective light from the Sun, ISS become visible from earth, which means even if it isn’t night skies; stargazers still are capable of witnessing the space station.
But in the day time, the sight of ISS remains shady. You can only clearly see ISS during the sunrise or sunset at your location.
However, in night skies, the sighting of ISS becomes much clearer than the daytime.
The sighting timing of ISS can go on from days to weeks and month. However, as it is orbiting, the each day location of the satellite may vary.
ISS is the third most visible objects in the night skies. The view of ISS is quite identical to a fast-moving plane. However, it is much bigger and moves at an extreme speed, in contrast to an airplane.
The facility of ISS is quite larger than a football pitch. It orbits the region of Earth nearly 200 miles above the horizon; with the speed of nearly at 17, 500mph. It takes 90 minutes to complete one orbit of Earth.
Till date, International Space Station has received a total of 226 astronaut-guests from the earth, ranging from 18 different countries.