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Is it a Bird, is it a Plane, is it a UFO..... No it's the ISS. Text4U

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Is it a Bird, is it a Plane, is it a UFO..... No it's the ISS. Text4U

Get a text message from NASA when the International Space Station flies over your house
And / or an email too.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227338/Get-text-message-NASA-International-Space-Station-fl...
It’s the third brightest object in the sky after the sun and the moon, but most people still couldn’t tell you where the International Space Station is.
But now a new service from NASA called Spot the Station will send you a text message when the station is over your house.
Once you know where to look people should be able to see it easily – even without a telescope.
http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/
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Keep getting a blank page,..... then the message  " problem loading page"  on the spotthe station linky....

This linky gives the "real time" position and the projected tracks.....
http://www.isstracker.com/
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It was very slow when first announced, at midnight UK time the page took just a few seconds to load, and register
http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/index.cfm
I've signed up for the emails, I don't want waking up by a text in the night ( when the US is awake ! )
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Re: Is it a Bird, is it a Plane, is it a UFO..... No it's the ISS. Text4U

Sign-up and registration was quite painless and quick for me. Lets hope we have some clear skies this coming year!!
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Re: Is it a Bird, is it a Plane, is it a UFO..... No it's the ISS. Text4U

Sign-up and registration quick for me also.
We're in an area of almost no light pollution (farmyard light about a mile away) at over a 1000' in the hills.
Nice to have an email option as no 2G.
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Re: Is it a Bird, is it a Plane, is it a UFO..... No it's the ISS. Text4U

I had a look at shutter's link which is very good but the station was obscuring the UK so I dragged and dropped the station further east out of the way.
I've just got a very nasty email from NASA.
I've attached a long exposure (30 second) photo I took of the ISS last March heading for Orion.
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Serves you right strat.... you should not mess with Heavenly Bodies  Cheesy
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For those interested... you might find this page worth a look
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the bottom right pic for a 360 tour ....
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Here is a page where you can enter your location ( Latitude and Longitude ) and below will appear the next dates times when the ISS  can be viewed from your location.
http://iss.astroviewer.net/observation.php
The initial location is New York ... so click on  < change location  > .... and be amazed... It seemed to know my exact Lat and Long.... before I had time to scroll the map and resize it over the UK...
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Yeah.... Just missed the "early evening" passes... they were last week....  Wink
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Just been back on that site.... you need to put in your lat an long each time you visit, it seems.... so might be worth making a note of it...
( my earlier note about it "magically" knowing my lat and long, should be disregarded.... I did not see the + that is used to determine it, whilst you move the map accross.....  Roll eyes
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I just needed to put my location in the box !
Correct L&L then displayed.
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It was very slow when first announced, at midnight UK time the page took just a few seconds to load, and register

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/index.cfm
I've signed up for the emails, I don't want waking up by a text in the night ( when the US is awake ! )




I just got my first NASA email !!
noreply@nasa.gov
United-Kingdom-England-xxxxxxxx-AM@lists.hq.nasa.gov
SpotTheStation! Time: Sat Nov 17 6:15 AM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 43 degrees, Appears: SW, Disappears: ESE

5:15am UK Winter Time
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Re: Is it a Bird, is it a Plane, is it a UFO..... No it's the ISS. Text4U

As previously mentioned.... click on this linky.....  http://iss.astroviewer.net/observation.php
enter your latitude and logitude in the box on the right hand side
wait a few seconds....
a list of the viewable times will appear below...... the green bars on the right of each lsting show the brightness expected
click on the left hand edge of your "preferred" viewing time.... and you will get a map of the UK ( northern france )  with the track overlayed,....
From that you can assess the viewing direction from your location, and the approx height above the horizon....