Thursday, October 17, 2013

Finding the ISS

Last week students in science class were encouraged to track the International Space Station as it appeared in our night sky. This was a great way to think about the role of Newton's Laws, motion, and energy in our space program. Finding the ISS is easy due to the various websites that post the location and viewing dates and times. However, there is a small window in which it can be viewed. In class, we explored the impact of sunlight reflection, the shadow of the Earth, and visibility only during our early evening or early morning.

The ISS can be tracked through several different websites and apps:

NASA Spot the Station - Pittsburgh
Astro Viewer  ISS website
ISS Spotter app available in app stores