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More than a Glimmer in the Sky: How to Catch Sight of the International Space Station

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The International Space Station orbits the earth more than 15 times a day. Want to see it? All you have to do  is look up at the right moment. You don't even need binoculars.

Dr. Michael West of the Maria Mitchell Observatory on Nantucket explains how to spot the International Space Station in this conversation with Steve Junker from WCAI's All Things Considered. Listen to the audio posted above.

And here are the links Dr. West mentions:

To sign up for email alerts on viewing opportunities for the International Space Station go here.

To see a very cool real-time map of the ISS's location over Earth, updated once a second, go here.

To find out what other satellites are visible in the night sky, go here.