NASA has launched the Spot the Station mobile app to make it easier for stargazers to spot the International Space Station (ISS) as it passes over Earth. The app provides real-time information on when and where the ISS will be visible and is available for both iOS and Android devices.
The app offers an augmented reality interface that helps users locate the ISS and allows them to capture and share pictures and videos of their sightings. It even has a built-in compass to show the ISS's position, no matter where you are on Earth. Users can also sign up for mobile notifications of upcoming viewing opportunities based on their location.
The ISS is visible due to sunlight reflecting off its surface, similar to how we see the Moon. It's best seen during dawn or dusk and can vary in frequency from one sighting opportunity a month to several a week. The Spot the Station app eliminates the guesswork, ensuring you never miss a chance to spot the ISS.
The app's release coincides with the 25th anniversary of ISS operations, celebrating the joining of the Zarya and Unity modules on December 6, 1998, marking the beginning of this remarkable orbital complex.