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    In this activity, students use app and web-based resources to help them spot and learn more about artificial satellites as they move across the sky.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • use selected internet resources to further their knowledge about satellites and their orbits
    • use some of the terminology associated with satellite spotting
    • discuss why we can see some satellites more easily than others.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • student handout.

    Useful links

    Spot the station from NASA gives a list of upcoming space station sighting opportunities for over 6,5000 locations worldwide. Several times a week, Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston determines sighting opportunities. If your specific city or town isn’t listed, pick one that is close to you. The space station is visible for a long distance around each of the listed locations.

    The website Heaven Above provides prediction services for bright satellites.

    Find Starlink shows when Starlink satellites are expected to be visible at a user's location.

      Published 27 March 2013, Updated 9 May 2020 Referencing Hub articles