Want to wave at the International Space Station as if flies overhead? Website Heavens Above keeps space freaks and NASA junkies advised of precisely where man-made and naturally occurring objects are orbiting to make tracking their movements a snap.
Photo by Adan Garcia.
You’ll need a telescope to see most stars and planets, but the Space Station and many satellites can be seen with the naked eye. The site will even let you know when to expect solar flares and meteor showers.
It’s easy to locate activity in the skies above you by selecting your location from the online database. Alternately, you can enter your exact location using your longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates. The results tell you exactly what time, direction and altitude to look in the sky — all you need is a compass to get your bearings.
Ever watched the Space Station or a satellite go by? Got any viewing tips for amateur astronomers? Let us know in the comments.