How to Observe the International Space Station (ISS)

Have you ever wanted to know how you can spot the International Space Station for yourself and capture pictures like the one? This article tells you how.First of all you need to go on to NASA Spot The Station website, this will tell you the time that the International Space Station (ISS) will be visible from your location. Next you need a compass to find what part of the sky will appear and go to, matching the appears and disappears compass directions given on the Spot The Station website.

This information will tell you roughly the path the ISS will take across the sky so you can plan your observing. The website also gives you the time the IIS will become visible. It's usually only visible for between three to seven minutes or so.

To photograph the ISS; I recommend using a camera capable of taking a long exposure, such as a DSLR Camera, with a wide angle lens. This way it is possible to capture a large section of the sky. This should make easier to capture the International Space Station in your photo.

If you would like to see what I have captured and some more advice on capturing the ISS for yourself then please watch the episode below.

If you ever see something in the night sky that you are unsure of this article on identifying unidentified objects sets out some of the steps you can take to work out what you are looking at.

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