We're between meteor showers, but skywatchers can still see something special if they gaze into the heavens at night. The International Space Station is visible nightly and appears as a bright star moving across the horizon. But it's fleeting, so how about you know when it's directly over Michigan?
NASA has a great tool, Spot the Station, that will send text or e-mail when ISS is visible from Michigan. The alert includes a map-based feature to track when and where to look for the station as it flows overhead.
The alerts typically go out a few months a month letting subscribers know when to look overhead. The window of opportunity is small ̵
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You can not see the International Space Station during the day, but it becomes visible at night when it reflects the light of the sun. So, to see it in Michigan, it has to be both dark and the ISS must happen to be going overhead.
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OK, the space station does not produce fireballs and leave trails. But it's still pretty cool, offering not only a glimpse at the future when NASA begins to explore other worlds, but also benefits life on Earth. Earthlings in this corner of the world was behind other countries.
Check out the space station with your kids for a great opportunity to breathe life into science your kids when the space station is overhead.
Photo of astronaut James H. Newman via NASA