Spotted: The International Spa

Spotted: The International Space Station is visible in SA for a few weeks

Outta this world.

Spotted: The International Spa

Space is amazing. And the advances we’ve made in terms of research into space is simply astounding.

Central to that research is the International Space Station. The habitable artificial satellite that orbits earth was launched in 1998. It’s the largest man-made body in low Earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth.

And for the next few weeks, you can do just that from most places in South Africa. Now, it’s easy to confuse the ISS for some sort of ET life-form, so here’s a quick video of what you can expect, taken by somebody in Australia.

Flippen cool, huh?

Alright, we’re totes geeking out here and if seeing a man made body orbiting earth doesn’t blow your hair back, then you have the free choice to exit this page right now.

If it does, however, check out this mega useful little tool from NASA which helps you see exactly when and where you can see the Space Station passing overhead where you live.

Times vary and you often have to be quick – and it definitely has to be a clear night – but if you’re interested in spotting a bit of science in the night sky, this is super useful.
Here’s a picture taken in Jozi last night.

And, just in case you don’t know what all the fuss is about, the ISS serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and other fields. All sorts of cool shit happens there.