The ISS will, for a few minutes at a time, outshine everything in the skies over Europe and North America except for the moon
As I write this, the International Space Station (ISS) is flying over the Atlantic Ocean, slightly northeast of the Horn of Africa. Tonight and tomorrow night, the ISS will be visible (and very bright) from where I'm currently sitting inside of the Watergate for a few minutes just after 8:00 p.m. The Station will make several passes over North America and Europe throughout the week, and you don't want to miss it. "While it's overhead, the space station will outshine everything in the evening sky except the moon," according to Wired Science's Lisa Grossman. But you'll have to pay attention; it won't stick around for more than five minutes. Here's how you can make sure that you're ready and waiting when the ISS flies overhead:
Satellite Flybys: If you're an Android or iPhone user, this site will send an alert directly to your smartphone when an interesting flyby -- the International Space Station, Hubble, astronauts, etc. -- is approaching. "'Satellite Flybys' turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into an indispensable, field-tested satellite watching tool," according to the website. "It tells you when spacecraft are about to appear (with a countdown clock!), which direction you should face, and even turns down the screen brightness to boost night vision. It also cuts through much confusion. There are thousands of spacecraft in Earth orbit. 'Satellite flybys' tell you only about the most interesting and newsworthy objects."