Spot the International Space Station

Right now, there are humans living and working off the Earth on the International Space Station. They orbit our planet from 250 miles above every 90 minutes, which means the crew sees 16 sunrises and sunsets every day.

If you’re in the right place, at the right time, the space station is visible to the naked eye. It looks like a fast-moving plane, only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster. The fact that it’s the third brightest object in the sky makes it easier to spot…if you know when to look up.

That’s where we can help! Our Spot the Station site allows you to enter your location and find out when the space station will be flying overhead. You can even sign up to receive alerts that will send you email or text messages to let you know when and where to look up.

Why is the space station visible? It reflects the light of the Sun, the same reason we can see the Moon. However, unlike the Moon, the space station isn’t bright enough to see during the day.

To find out when the space station is flying over your area, visit:

Learn more about the International Space Station and the crew HERE.

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British Astronaut Tim Peake has become the first astronaut to supply a vine from space in several years. This time lapse captures a January sunrise as seen from the space station.

He Wraps the Night Over the Day (Animation) [The Internet Islamic Art Database]

يُكَوِّرُ اللَّيْلَ عَلَى النَّهَارِ وَيُكَوِّرُ النَّهَارَ عَلَى اللَّيْلِ

{He wraps the night over the day and wraps the day over the night} (39:5)

Mesmerizing Satellite Video Captures Magical View of Earth

Please direct your attention to the absolutely magical video of planet Earth from space.

Like cats with a sparkly toy, we here at have been unable to pull our gazes away from this stunning website, The site plays a looping video of a 24-hour period captured by the Himawari-8 Japanese weather satellite, sped up to last just a few seconds. 

The satellite is in a geostationary orbit, positioned over Japan and Australia. The video captures an array of stunning colors, such as the reddish-brown and green landscapes, the blue hues of the ocean, as well as textures (look at those clouds!) that aren’t always visible in satellite images. The flowing motion of the clouds and the ocean currents and the swirling of a tropical storm are totally hypnotizing.

At this point, there are probably millions of photographs of the Earth taken from space, but few are ever made available in a format where viewers can see details on the surface in such high resolution, at such a large size. There’s a lot more information about the satellite and its capabilities on the website’s About page, which is a fascinating read for whenever you manage to stop staring at the video. It also answers questions like why there are no city lights visible in the nighttime portion of the movie, and provides information about some of the features on the planet. The site was created by Charlie Loyd, a satellite imagery analyst for a company called Mapbox. Loyd gave a long interview to The Atlantic about the project.

The video is rather large, and some people have had trouble getting it to load. Unfortunately we can’t make any recommendations other than trying it on a better internet connection.

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Jennifer Sodini at collective evolution has the following : Bella Gaia is an immersive audiovisual experience which explores the interconnected relationship between microcosmic and macrocosmic worlds. Founded and created by talented composer Kenji Williams, he describes this project by saying “Itʼs an exploration of the relationship between human civilization and our ecosystem through time and space.” The motivation behind the project was inspired by the “overview effect,” which is the shift in awareness many astronauts report experiencing after viewing the humbling beauty of planet Earth from outer space (see below). Bella Gaia takes you on a simulated journey through time and space, through our world, and the worlds within our world. Using “NASA satellite imagery of Earth, time lapse nature photography, and cultural heritage footage with stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world,” this perspective-shifting work of art married with science allows us a rare glimpse at the life-force of our “beautiful Earth.” In viewing our planet in this fashion, one can’t help but feel extremely humbled, and deeply affected. At times it appears as though the Earth is a sentient being, inhaling with the clouds in her sky, exhaling with the currents of her oceans, moving with the busy momentum of her inhabitants, crying with the fires that engulf her forests. The goal of this project has been to open the door to a new type of understanding, through right-brain engagement and activating the creative part of our minds, in order to find unity with the logical part of our awareness. A NASA funded survey reported that after just one Bella Gaia experience, there was a 90% conversion rate in audiences reporting a greater understanding/deeper appreciation of their relationship to Earth. Shifting perception through perspective is an incredible thing to experience, and Bella Gaia may just be the creative medium which allows us to have a deeper understanding of and empathy for the place we call home. To learn more about Bella Gaia, or to find a showing in your area, be sure to visit their official website by clicking here.
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Russian Cosmonauts Are Performing a Live Spacewalk — And You Can Watch

Two Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are taking a 5 ½-hour spacewalk on Wednesday morning, and the whole thing is available to watch live from down here on planet Earth.

According to, cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov have left the inside of the space station to “perform a variety of tasks,” including retrieving samples from the European Space Agency’s Expose-R Experiment, install and test the effects of materials in the space environment and install safety devices on the International Space Station’s exterior.

The livestream began at 7:30 a.m. Eastern and will continue until the conclusion of the spacewalk.

Malenchenko and Volkov are cosmonauts for Roscosmos Space Corporation, the successor agency to the Federal Space Agency recently created by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to a post on NASA’s website, it is the 193rd spacewalk “in support of space station assembly and maintenance,” and the sixth and fourth spacewalks for Malenchenko and Volkov, respectively. Further details from NASA below:

Expedition 46 Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos will don their spacesuits and exit the station’s Pirs airlock at approximately 8:10 a.m. Their objectives are to deploy and retrieve several experiment packages on the Zvezda and Poisk modules and install devices called gap spanners, which will be placed on the hull of the station to facilitate the movement of crew members on future spacewalks.

Malenchenko and Volkov also will install the Vinoslivost experiment, which will test the effects of the space environment on various structural material samples, and test a device called the Restavratsiya experiment, which could be used to glue special coatings to external surfaces of the station’s Russian segment. 

The pair will retrieve the Expose-R Experiment, a collection of biological and biochemical samples placed in the harsh environment of space. The Expose program is part of European Space Agency’s research into astrobiology, or the study of the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe.

The BBC additionally reported Malenchenko jettisoned a flash drive “containing messages and video from last year’s 70th anniversary of Victory Day, which marks the end of World War II on the Eastern Front,” sent in a direction that will ensure it does not collide with the station in its future orbit.