Nov 5

From our friends up in Kerrville, comes the following useful information to make it easier to spot the ISS…

You can now spot the International Space Station (ISS) commanded by Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams without a telescope as it passes your house, thanks to NASA’s new SMS service.   “Spot the Station” will send you a text message as the ISS passes over your house.

The International Space Station is the third brightest object in the sky after the Sun and the Moon, however, most people still cannot tell where the orbiting laboratory is.

NASA will send an email or text message to those who sign up for the service a few hours before they will be able to see the space station, the US space agency said in a statement.   Once you know where to look, people should be able to see it easily – even without a telescope.

The service was launched to celebrate the 12th anniversary of crews living and working aboard the station presently commanded by Williams.

Read the rest of this entry »