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How to find International Space Station (ISS) tonight

NASA astronaut Scott Tingle is pictured during a space walk in January 2018.


Take a break from watching coronavirus news on your phone or TV and look up to the sky at some other strawberries flying 255 miles above you.

On Wednesday night, like many other nights, you can get a view of the International Space Station, which passes quietly over your head.

Every day, NASA sends reminders of when you can see ISS travel above your residential area, for as long as six minutes. And discovering ISS can easily be done while exercising at a safe social distance from your garden or on a walk to a local park.

The New York City area on Wednesday will be able to see the ISS in approximately two minutes at 9:1

4 p.m. ET.

The space station, which has been high in the sky for more than 15 years, orbits the Earth 16 times each day and offers several viewing opportunities.

NASA’s “Spot The Station” website shows where the ISS is in real time. And by signing up for email or text alerts, the agency will tell you when you can see it in your area.

The reminders tell when the ISS becomes visible around your geographical area, the direction it comes from, how long it will be visible to the naked eye and where it will be going when it fades from your vision.

The station will look like a fast moving aircraft, even though it travels in space at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour. Unlike stars, ISS does not flicker.

Surveys can last as little as one minute or as long as six minutes, depending on the ISS’s angle of view relative to the viewers on the ground.

ISS’s brightness comes from its massive solar panels, which reflect the sun’s light. As the third brightest object in the sky, the ISS becomes easy to detect when you know when and where to look.

Canadarm2 robot arm and robot hand Dextre seen through the window of the International Space Station.


There are currently three crew members at the space station, which have been orbiting around the world since the first part of the ISS was launched in 1998.

The crew currently includes two Americans, astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan, as well as a Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka.

Both Meir and Morgan have tweeted what they see below as a large part of the world is locked in because of the growing coronavirus outbreak.

“Even during our toughest times, we live on a beautiful planet. Remain strong planet Earth, we’re in this together,” Morgan said.

Meir shared a photo of Italy illuminated at night and mentioned several of the country’s cities by name.

“We can see that your spirit is strong and still glows bright,” said Meir.

Morgan also celebrated “National Doctors Day” and said “I am honored for your selfless service.”

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