Beginners Guide to Seeing the International Space Station (ISS)

International Space Station

Long Exposure Image of ISS pass. Credit: VirtualAstro

Beginners Guide to Seeing the International Space Station (ISS)

The International Space Station (ISS) is a huge space station orbiting Earth that serves as an orbital laboratory, factory, testing ground and home; Crew members conduct experiments from biology to astronomy. Including experiments for prolonged exposure to life in space for future missions to the Moon and beyond.

The ISS is major accomplishment for NASA (US), ESA (Europe), JAXA (Japan) CSA (Canada) and all the countries involved (16 in all). The space station is just over 72 m long by 108 m wide and 20 m high. Maintained at an orbital altitude  between 330 km (205 mi) and 410 km (255 mi). It travels at an average speed of 27,724 kilometres (17,227 mi) per hour. Completing 15.7 orbits per day.

How to Look for The International Space Station (ISS)

One of the best things about the ISS is that you can see it with your own eyes from Earth! Therefore, it’s very easy to watch the International Space Station pass over your own backyard! (more…)

ISS Live Video of Earth from Space

ISS Live Video – International Space Station (ISS) Broadcasts Live Video Of Earth From Space

Live streaming video by Ustream

  • Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
  • Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.
  • No Audio = Normal. There is no audio on purpose. Add your own soundtrack. (more…)

Santa ISS Passes – Santa’s International Space Station Practice Runs

Santa, ISS, International Space Station, Father Christmas

Santas ISS Passes – Watch Santa (The International Space Station) on his Practice Runs.

Santas ISS: For the past few years, we’ve had some great festive fun in the UK with International Space Station passes in December.

Many Parents, grandparents and guardians have told their little ones that the ISS is actually Santa on his practice runs.  This sounds silly to some, but many small children with playful adults found it magical and really thought they could see Santa!

Will your children see Santa on his practice runs this year?  Perhaps they are too old now and know it’s the Space Station.  Regardless, the ISS is an amazing sight to behold and we can use it to spread some extra magic and inspire them to find out more about Space this Christmas.   Read on to find out more.


Photograph the International Space Station (ISS)

International Space Station

Long Exposure Photograph of the ISS Credit: Mark Humpage

Photograph the International Space Station (ISS)

Photograph the International Space Station (ISS): If you have seen the International Space Station (ISS) pass over a few times with your own eyes, (here’s a guide to seeing the ISS) you may want to have a go at photographing it.

Photographing the International Space Station ISS is very worthwhile and gratifying. There are two basic methods; one being easy and the other being a little more difficult. Both methods are incredibly rewarding and good results can be obtained fairly quickly, once you have mastered the basics. (more…)

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