If you have followed my postings you know that I am an avid fan of watching for the International Space Station passages over my part of the world. I especially enjoy capturing the ISS as it travels past celestial objects like the Moon.
In an interesting twist it is possible to take advantage of the ‘bird’s-eye’ view from the ISS and see what the ISS astronauts see as they orbit the Earth. Listed below are some of the web sites with pictures taken by ISS astronauts, however I wanted to call attention to this web site – ISS EXPS 40 & 41. This web site has a map of the world that links tweets from the astronauts to accompany the pictures they took of the Earth’s surface.
Additionally the web site shows the position of the ISS updated every minute so you can track its current flight and position as you browse the pictures.
Click here to go to the ISS Exps 40 & 41 website.
Tomorrow, Sunday September 16th the ISS, International Space Station, will be passing over the mid-west with its 4-minute path taking it over western Missouri just before 6:00 AM
ISS Reflects Sunlight
Look toward the southwest, and at 5:58 AM a bright star-like object will appear 19 degrees above the horizon. That is the ISS as it rises above the horizon, out of the Earth’s shadow, and into sunlight. The Sun is still below our horizon however the ISS is high enough in altitude so that its underside is reflecting sunlight down to us.
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The ISS will then travel toward the northeast as it rises to nearly straight overhead, reaching an altitude of 85 degrees. At that altitude it will pass by the open star cluster the Pleiades, then past Jupiter. It will continue moving toward the northeast where it will fade from view around 29 degrees above the northeast horizon when the reflected sunlight will no longer be directed in our direction.