Coming as a delight for sky gazers, NASA’s space station ISS is visible from Shimla these days and will reportedly continue till December 6 this year. The ISS can be seen moving very high speeds. It orbits the earth at a distance of 400 kilometres, and at a speed of 27.6 kilometres per hour or 8 kilometres per second. People, with their naked eyes, can see a bright light the size of a point, moving across the sky.
The ISS can be seen from many parts of the world, while currently, you can see it from Shimla. NASA, meanwhile, has made it possible to keep you informed about the sightings of the ISS so that you know the date and time of spotting. The tracking of ISS has a dedicated web page which tells you about the location of the sighting and lists it according to places around the world. The ISS is generally visible of a couple of minutes, and the best time to view it is during sunset or sunrise when the sunlight is reflected off ISS which makes it easier to find in a somewhat dark sky.
You can search for the tracking in the search bar on the website. If you cannot find your location, there must be a nearby place where you can search for it. The list also has timings and period of spotting on the particular location. The ISS is so fast that it orbits around the world for around 15 times in a day which gives you a lot of opportunities to even see it multiple times from a location. People have been sharing videos and pictures of the ISS as seen from Shimla.
The web page also allows you to set up alerts about the timing when the ISS will come into view and you can even share it on your social media accounts. The real-time tracking of ISS also allows you to see the orbital path and also where it is located, relative to the world map. In a zoomed-in view, you can also see the ground on earth which is present in real time directly below the ISS.