Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Students to track the ISS next week

Next week students in science class will be encouraged to track the International Space Station (ISS) as it appears in our night sky. This is a great way to think about the role of Newton's Laws, motion, and gravity. 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. Also, we will need a clear night to view the flyover. In class, we will explore the impact of sunlight reflection, the shadow of the Earth, and visibility of the ISS during our early evening or early morning.

Pittsburgh, PA - Dates, Times and Where to Look for the ISS: 
Night Duration Angle Start Direction End Direction
Tue Oct 7, 8:34 PM 3 min 65° 10 above WSW 65 above NNW       
Wed Oct 8, 7:45 PM 6 min 69° 10 above SW 16 above ENE       
Thu Oct 9, 8:35 PM 2 min 28° 23 above WNW 26 above N

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
Space Station being tracked using the Night Sky app on an iPhone.