A web app that tracks the position of the International Space Station (ISS), and plots this on a map of the world.
It also locates the user’s current position, and calculates when the ISS will next fly overhead.
The clever bits come from the open notify API - this provides both the current position of the ISS and when it’ll next fly overhead based on the user’s location.
This is all plotted on a Google Map, and updated every few seconds.
- A habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit
- First launched in 1998
- The size of a football pitch - 108x73m - the largest artificial body in orbit
- It completes 15.7 orbits per day
- Travels at nearly 8km per second
- It can often be seen at the appropriate time with the naked eye from Earth