Are there apps to recognize ISS

Follow the ISS overflight via the app: Go to the space station

Every 92 minutes the ISS orbits the earth and if you look up on a starry night, you can sometimes discover it by chance. But there are also apps that tell you their exact position at any time. You can also go on a virtual journey and view the earth from above in flight.

At 110 x 100 meters, the ISS is roughly the size of two football fields. It is home to several astronauts who conduct experiments and take care of the maintenance of the station. Have you always wanted to fly through space like an astronaut? Then download the apps presented here.

Determine ISS overflight in good time: ISS detector / ISS spotter

The ISS Detector (Android) and ISS Spotter (iOS) apps are able to reliably predict the next time the ISS will fly past anywhere in the world. After the automatic location determination, simply select a flyby that you want to observe. Then point your smartphone (and yourself) in the direction of the displayed flyby. Now look up roughly the number of degrees that is displayed. You can now see (with a cloudless sky) how the international space station slowly moves across the sky. So-called iridium flares can also be reliably predicted in this way. These are reflections of sunlight triggered by the wings of the Iridium communication satellites. They can usually be seen in the sky for about five to 20 seconds. Download the ISS detector here for Android or the ISS Spotter app here for iOS.

Get on board: ISS HD Live

Download the ISS HD Live app for Android or iOS. After the start you will see where the ISS is on a world map. In the lower part of the screen you will find a live view - just like the astronauts on the station can follow every day. You can also save interesting pictures and adjust the quality of the recording. Should the live view not work, simply tap on the three dots in the top left and select “NASA TV”. You will then receive other recordings that the US space agency is currently making available from other sources.

Current NASA images from space: The NASA app

The US American NASA has put hundreds of satellites into orbit over many years and was also responsible for the first moon landing. With the in-house app, you not only get news about space travel, you can also view exciting photos from telescopes in space and on earth. In addition, NASA has its own TV transmitter, which also transmits images from space. Go on a virtual journey through space and download the NASA app here for Android and here for iOS.

Real-time spacewalk at the ISS
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Find more objects: Stellarium

The Stellarium app is a project that was developed open-source and is not only appreciated by amateur astronomers. The app has a database of more than 600,000 stars and an underlying extra catalog with 177 million stars. Download the app here for Android and here for iOS and point your smartphone at the night sky. Now you can tap objects on the screen and get further information such as distance, speed in relation to the earth and brightness. Of course, the ISS is also part of the app and can be reliably identified by searching in the night sky.

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You want to know where the ISS is right now and what's going on up there? With the presented apps, space moves a little closer and you get exciting insights into life as an astronaut and the interrelationships on earth.

Have you ever been able to spot the ISS by chance? How do you explore the night sky? Leave us your comment.