When my husband threw me on the back porch, claiming we could see thepassing over our house one night, I did not believe him. We are far enough out in the country to see stars, but we have not completely escaped the light pollution of the city. Nevertheless, I looked up. Although I did not expect the to occupy half the sky, I could not see anything else about us.
My husband looked at his cell phone, the screen lit his face in the dark outdoors. He told me he found an app that tracks where the ISS is around the world. After a few moments of silence, he turned and pointed over our roof.
"That was & # 39; s," he said as a bright, fast-moving star shot over the top of our house.
We watched the speed of the ISS across the sky and disappeared into the clouds. As soon as we lost sight of the light, my husband told me it was already over New York. That is a bit hectic.
Space travel has made headlines this year. Last July, the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon celebrated its 50th anniversary. Shortly before the anniversary, NASA announced plans for thebut later ended it due to a . The first space crime who was accused of identity theft (she denied the allegations).
Theabout the size of a five-bedroom house serves as a space laboratory housing astronauts. The first part of the station was started in 1998 and has been completely built by astronauts since the arrival of humans in 2000. As they circle the earth, astronauts conduct unique research, develop plans for the future of space exploration, and ensure a constant human presence in space. could also be a possibility in the near future.
While the ISS was in orbit for over 7,000 days, it has taken some really impressive pictures on its way around Earth.
If you want to keep up with the location of ISS around the world, you can go to NASA's Spot the Station feature on their website or download the NASA app. For a more focused location of space stations, you can download the ISS Detector app for each phone that developers claim is the most commonly used satellite location app. Here's how it works.
How do I download the ISS Detector app?
The app works for iOS and Android. Use these links, or search for ISS Detector in the Apple App Store and ISS Detector: See the Space Station in the Google Play Store.
What permissions does the app need?
The ISS Detector asks for access to your location. This will tell you when the station is near you.
How does the app work?
Once you've connected your location, the app can tell you how many times you can see the ISS in the sky. For example, residents of Louisville, Kentucky, can usually see the ISS between 19:57 and 22:00. and 21:37 every night for about 30 seconds to one and a half minutes. A glimpse, right? That's because the ISS is traveling at a speed of about 27,000 km / h.
I found that the display is best viewed on a tablet compared to a smartphone. The app displays a lot of numeric information on a dashboard and it's easier to digest when it's spread. The ISS detector informs you of upcoming sightings for the next 10 days, possible weather conditions, altitudes, latitudes, longitudes, direction, location of the ISS, and much more.
The app also tracks how long the ISS will travel over your location and how long it will be visible. On average, it looks as if the ISS is visible once or twice a day in a particular area over the course of a week. Whether it is day or night depends on your geographic location.
You can also set up a notification so you do not miss the sighting. Just tap the alarm bell in the corner.
What else can I do in the app until the ISS returns?
Sign up for the next sighting, have a snack and go to sleep. If the ISS is just overflown, you will not see it again until the next day. While you wait for the ISS to drive over your area, you can monitor for free where the ISS is all over the world.
If you're a space enthusiast and you do not mind spending a few bucks, the app offers a few enhancements that enhance the experience. If you see an ad, you can also get the extensions for free for five days.
- Comets and Planets Enlargement: Includes night mode, tracking the moon and its phases, comets, and planets for $ 1.49.
- Amateur Radio Satellites: Includes amateur radio satellites, weather satellites and night mode for $ 1.49.
- Famous Objects Extension: Allows you to view objects in orbit such as Starlink, X-37B, Vanguard, and more for $ 1.49.
- Combo Pack: Contains all enhancements for $ 2.99.
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