How to spot the ISS
Sign up to notifications from NASA's Spot the Station service to find out when you can see the ISS in the sky. When our nifty distance-o-meter (positioned at the top of our website) says 240 miles, the ISS is directly above us.
Once you know it's overhead, look for a fast-moving, solid white dot – like a very bright star. The light you're seeing is the sun reflecting off the station, and it’s particularly bright when it bounces off the solar panels. If you can't see the light, it's probably too cloudy or the reflected light is not bright enough.
Try using binoculars for an even better view. With a steady hand you might just be able to make out the station’s true shape.
Wondering where the ISS is right now? Find out its current location using the European Space Agency's ISS tracker.