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  • #6154

    Andy Sawers
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    Anyone interested in the International Space Station may want to have a look at this website: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/

    It streams views from the ISS from any one of 3 on-board cameras (sorry, no, you can’t choose which cameras) as well as showing a map of its current position and its track over the last and next 90 minutes. It’s pretty dull when it’s over the South Pacific in the middle of the night, obviously, but it’s quite a calming, therapeutic webcam during day time – and quite entrancing as it crosses the earth’s terminator into dawn or sunset (16 times a day).

    On the iPad you can get a free app called ISS Spotter which can also be programmed to give you an alert when the ISS will be visible from your location. It appears to be good at giving you the direction and height in the sky at which to see the ISS – but I haven’t yet managed to get the alert, the weather and my own free time to coincide.

    Anyone know of any other ISS-related apps – or similar but for other devices?

    #6157

    Mike Meynell
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    Great website.

    Best app I know of is SatelliteSafari (by the same people who wrote SkySafari). Covers a huge array of satellites, including the ISS and Iridium satellites. Also gives alerts with a set warning time.

    Of course, there is also the excellent website Heavens Above, which is extremely useful, especially if you create an account with your location details.

    #6182

    Brian Blake
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    HQ-spotthestation@mail.nasa.gov This is the link I use. Gives time , duration and direction that station will be moving across sky when in view.

    #6183

    Mike Meynell
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    “Spot the Station”…. good website… I wasn’t aware of that one.

    The link wasn’t working in your post. The correct link is here.

    #6184

    Andy Sawers
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    Looks like the ISS is passing almost directly overhead at 23:03 tonight (Friday 6 June) and then the same again about an hour and a half later at 00:39. If the sky stays as good as it is now we could be in luck!

    #6186

    Mike Meynell
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    11pm tonight?

    Ah yes, that will be when it’s clouding over!!

    Weather today

    #6187

    Andy Sawers
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    Oh, flippin’ ‘eck. You’re not wrong, are you. Maybe we should devise an app that links ISS alerts to the weather and your diary, so you get told in time but only if the ISS will actually be visible when you aren’t on a business trip or someone’s wedding or the movies or whatever.

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