The International Space Station aka ISS is a low orbital artificial satellite, which has been continuously occupied (inhabited) for more than 12 years. The ISS programme is a joint project between five participating space agencies: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the Russian Federal Space Agency, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), ESA (European Space Agency), and CSA (Canadian Space Agency).
The ISS is visible few times a week from almost all parts of the world and you can easily see the ISS with your naked eyes flying above your head / location! Let’s check out some Android and iOS Apps, which allows you to track the exact location of ISS.
Android App for Tracking the Current Location of ISS
ISS Detector for Android is a must have app for anyone who have interest in astronomy. This free app acts as your personal ISS and satellite tracker. The app will notify you, via alarms and smart notifications, whenever the International Space Station is visible from your location.
Following are the useful features of this app:
- Overview of coming passes of International Space Station (ISS)
- Weather conditions for perfect sightings.
- Radar screen with path indication – Highly useful for detecting the direction of ISS when it passes above your locality.
- Can also detect Iridium flares
- Smart Notifications and Alarms
- Share your ISS sightings using Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Gmail etc.
- Automatic location and timezone detection
- Homescreen Widget Suport
- Full support for Android Tablets and their respective resolutions
The application is available on the Android Market (Google Play) for free, but if you want to detect ham radio satellites, weather satellites, Hubble Space Telescope, Kepler space observatory and X-37B, then you need to buy additional extensions for the app.
I have personally used this app for detecting ISS when it flew over my location. The date, timing and radar are pretty accurate and you will also be able to see ISS with the aid of this app!
iOS App for Tracking the Current Location of ISS
If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, then there’s is a free ISS detector app for iOS users too.
ISS Spotter allows you see the forecast of all upcoming passes and set alarms to be on time to view the ISS! The in-built compass and tools allows anyone to spot the ISS very easily. The app relies on your GPS location, so certain users with only Wi-Fi enabled iOS devices, will not be able to make full use of this App.
Browser based ISS Trackers
Browse based ISS Trackers like Astro Viewer, ISS Tracker etc. also allows you to see the current location of ISS using Google Maps:
The only problem with these web based trackers is that, you will not be able to detect the direction of ISS when it passes over your location, as there’s no compass / radar!