Admit it: You wished you had gone to Space Camp, too.
We're a little bit obsessed with space here at Appszoom. We held our breath during the Pluto flyby (which we watched on the official NASA app - did you?) and then stayed up all night playing (and losing) Out There.
The coolest part about space is that we're part of it. All those crazy quasars and pulsars and asteroid dust and dark matter - we're just another weird rock hurtling through the universal junk drawer (... maaaaan). And circling this weird rock is none other than the International Space Station, which, as it turns out, you can see with the naked eye.
The free Android app ISS Detector Satellite Tracker is what you need installed on your device to be alerted whenever the ISS will be visible in your quadrant of the sky.
2. The app will automatically detect your location.
3. Scroll down the list to see the next times the ISS will be visible in your area. The app is smart - it only includes the times that the sky will be dark enough to be able to see the ISS, and it even includes predicted weather just to the right of each entry. The size of the eyeball icon gives you a good idea how easy the ISS will be to see.
4. Tap one of the sightings to see more details, including a compass that will help you face the right direction so you can locate the path of the ISS as it passes.
5. Choose the calendar icon in the top righthand corner to set an alert that will sync with your Google Calendar. You'll receive a push notification reminding you to go outside and look at the sky just before the ISS passes. Use the compass to locate it, and enjoy!
6. If you like, the app can send you optional push notifications every time the ISS or an Iridium satellite passes visibly near your location. You don't even have to plan ahead to be awed by the majesty of geostationary orbit.
What's the most impressive orbiting body you've ever spotted in the sky? Was it by chance or did you use an app? Let us know in the Comments below.