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International Space Station Live Location: How To Spot It

By Sounak Mukhopadhyay , Nov 03, 2016 10:35 PM EDT
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The third-brightest object in the sky is a manmade satellite that orbits more than 200 miles above Earth. International Space Station live location details are what intrigue people the most. Here are some major details about it.

NASA is well aware of people's curiosity about the International Space Station. It has released an interactive map to help everyone know the exact locations. The best sighting opportunities are given with every pinned location.

According to NASA, the best time to spot the station is at dawn and dusk. The curiosity about the International Space Station live location is extremely high. At least 300,000 people track the station as it circles Earth.

NASA has released the most popular locations in the USA that are most suitable for spotting the ISS. According to the September data, the top 10 popular locations in the United States are Houston (Texas), Austin (Texas), Columbus (Ohio), Phoenix (Arizona), Portland (Oregon), St. Louis (Missouri), Cincinnati (Ohio), Louisville (Kentucky), Cleveland (Ohio) and Seattle (Washington). One can spot the ISS in New York City at 6:11 a.m. this Friday. It will be visible for five minutes, according to Daily Mail.

The most popular international locations for sightings include many locations in the United Kingdom. Top UK locations are London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Cardiff and Exeter. There are three Australian locations that are among the most popular location for ISS sightings. Those are Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

While learning more about ISS sightings, it is important to know that the station orbits with an inclination of 51.6 degrees. Because of that, the ISS is never going to move directly over the head for people living in places north or south of 51.6 degrees. Such places include Alaska.

The ISS looks like an extremely bright star or an airplane moving across the sky. But, it does not have any flashlights. It does not change directions either.

It travels must faster than a usual airplane as well. While a typical airplane travels at 600 miles per hour, the station travels at 17,500 miles per hour. Visit the official site to learn more about International Space Station Live Location details.

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