NASA launches text alerts to help people spot Space Station in sky
NASA has launched a new service that will send people text messages when the International Space Station is over their house.
Most people still can't say where the ISS is, despite it being the third brightest object in the sky after the sun and the moon.
But with the help from Spot the Station service, people will know where to look and should be able to see it easily - even without a telescope.
The service was launched to celebrate the 12th anniversary of crews living and working aboard the station.
"It's really remarkable to see the space station fly overhead and to realize humans built an orbital complex that can be spotted from Earth by almost anyone looking up at just the right moment," the Daily Mail quoted William Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations, as saying.
"We're accomplishing science on the space station that is helping to improve life on Earth and paving the way for future exploration of deep space," he said.
The ISS is usually at peak visibility at dawn and dusk.
When skies are clear, it typically appears as a fast-moving point of light.
The service will calculate the ISS' proximity to more than 4,600 positions on Earth, updating its information several times per week.
The service will only notify users if the station is easily visible above trees, buildings, and other objects.