Do you know that the International Space Station is visible with the naked eye? Of course you can’t just look up in the night sky and there it is. The ISS is traveling around Earth at around 17,150 miles per hour – about 5 miles per second – as it orbits the Earth every 92 minutes.
Fortunately, there are a number of Android and iOS apps that let you know just how to spot the station, including the ISS Detector App which will tell you exactly when and where to look for the ISS.
Using the app you get an alarm a few minutes before the ISS passes into view. The app will also check to see if your specific weather conditions are right for viewing. The app is free to view the ISS and also offers in-app purchases that provide the ability to view satellites, the Hubble space telescope, rocket bodies, Vanguard 1 and more.
CNET’s Shelby Brown recently ran the app through its paces in her article, “UFO or space station? The best way to spot the ISS without a telescope.” She does a great job telling you everything you need to know about the app. You can check out the article here.