How to see the Space Station from your backyard

Did you know that you can see the International Space Station (ISS) in the night sky as it passes over your area at a distance of more than 370 km from the Earth?

To the naked eye, the Space Station looks like a big white dot that moves quickly across the sky without changing direction, unlike aircraft, for example. It is usually the brightest object in the night sky after the moon—bright enough to be seen in urban areas even through all the light pollution.

La Station spatiale internationale traverse le ciel de Toronto

The ISS shoots over Toronto in this time-lapse photo taken on February 13, 2013. (Credit: Andrew Yee)

Here are some sites and Web applications that will help you find out where the Station is in the sky.

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