Hey, Timon, ever wonder what those sparkly dots are up there?”
“Pumbaa, I don’t wonder; I know.”
“Oh. What are they?”
“They’re fireflies. Fireflies that, uh… got stuck up on that big bluish-black thing.”
“Oh, gee. I always thought they were balls of gas burning billions of miles away.”
“Pumbaa, with you, everything’s gas.”

Neither a firefly nor a ball of gas, the International Space Station is the third largest visible object in the night sky after the sun and the moon according to NASA. On a clear night it is easy to spot if you know where to look. To help you with that NASA will send you a text message alerting you to where and when to focus your star gazing. Sign up at Spot the International Space Station to receive an email or SMS text. Then you can be like Pumbaa and Timon and ponder the universe.

For more reading on the space station try:

The international space station:  building for the future / John E. Catchpole

Space stations:  base camps to the stars / Roger D. Launius




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