Edit:Saw it. I wanted to take a photo or video but the street light and overexposed the photo. How do I take a reasonably good photo of ISS?
I'd be hard pressed to manage the same with my (old) dslr.
These are a couple of pictures I took with my Huawei p30 a few months ago.
Let me see if I can't upload a couple of examples.
Ed: Any easy image hosting sites that work on mobile and allow selective whitelisting of exif data? I might want to strip time/GPS, but keep/present exposure information.. All without having to go via a desktop image program.
I guess you'll have to download to see exif info.
Ed: i guess a photo sharing site that both values exif (exposure etc) and privacy (allow whitelisting) might be a nice side project..
I think Flickr gives you what you want. But you do have to pay.
Went back and watched the short video I did shoot and, even at low quality, the ISS was visible right above the plane the entire time, we just didn't notice. What are the chances a close, but not so close to be immediately obvious (which happens a lot here), plane would be flying almost the same trajectory as the ISS the first time I try to view it?
I would suggest that it might make sense to emphasize that technology over the globe-with-satellite view, as it's a much better trick to pull off.
What he should do is, ask for free « open-source » credits, for the glory of science. That’s something Google would get behind.
Or even just a screenshot.
(you probably could not do it with a streetview photo, because of their terms, but a generic photo would totally do)
> (you probably could not do it with a streetview photo, because of their terms, but a generic photo would totally do)
My fuzzy recollection is some years-ago TOS permitted showing the service being used?
(better interface. but then again, it might make too many people use it)
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could you maybe also draw the path of the satellite as a faint line where the dot moves over? the entire path wasn't in view meaning I had to wait for the animation, if you get my point.
On the home page I thought, yeah sure but how am I gonna know exactly where to look exactly when and how long do I have...
...and then the first result was the ISS moving in real-time laid over my street view, and all my questions were perfectly answered. I mean, I know what building to look above down to the second!
So just -- super-kudos, one of the cleverest things I've seen in a while.
And like someone else already said, street view works fine with a coarse location like a city name, so long as the name is unique and you don't end up in another country.
The site gives 10-day estimates of the satellites' passes (for example the ISS at ), but I found its estimation of visibility to be a bit inaccurate for radio reception. Maybe that was more due to my radio antenna positioning though - not sure! Still, it's super useful to give you an idea of possible schedule for upcoming passes, in case you want to plan for it!
Anything using these TLEs should be identical.
For radio reception, if the problem wasn't pointing calibration, I suspect it was polarisation. There is ~3dB difference between 0 and 45 degrees, but ~25dB difference between 0 and 90 degrees. Therefore either use circularly polarised antennas (e.g. https://www.wimo.com/xquad-antennas_e.html) so you're never more than 45 degrees out, or if it's hand-held, simply twist the antenna for maximum signal strength. The polarisation will vary through the pass.
For some really crappy satellite positioning / radio software that everyone uses because no-one's written a better one yet, check out satpc32.
You can point your phone at the sky and see the exact path, visibility conditions etc but wow that Google Street integration by OP makes ISS Detector feel almost outdated.
Especially important in a city where a lot of times buildings will make the sighting impossible.
This was posted a few hours ago and told me exactly where and when to look and sure enough, there it was.
This is such a clever app, and the street view integration is very slick! I did notice that the button to notify me when other objects will be passing overhead didn't do anything (iOS safari)... would love to sign up for notifications when there are more sightings to be had.
Maybe they'll implement it eventually. Until then I guess I'll hide the notification button in Safari.
We'll include it in The Orbital Index (https://orbitalindex.com) next week.
However, I plugged in an address that I know will be accurate when put into Google Maps, but it put me at the generic center of my zip code. That is still close enough to figure things out, but I'm curious why an address would work on Maps, but not this site?
The implementation is just magical. Well done!
It will be a point of light, moving very fast against the background, just as shown in some of the animations in OP. If the geometry is set up so you can see the whole overpass (nearly horizon-to-horizon) it will still last only a couple of minutes.
It will happen around sunset, when the sunlight is shining on ISS, but it's dark (or dusky at least) on the ground. You don't see ISS easily at night because it will be in Earth's shadow.
Edit: Of course http://i2.wp.com/boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/t...
Great job with this.
Wife enjoyed and it piqued her interest on ISS! Thanks.
A kind of similar thing I'd like to see is something for geosynchronous satellites that tells you now, and at future times of your choosing, where they are relative to the visible constellations at your location.
That could make finding a good spot for a satellite dish a lot easier. Pick a time at night, find out what constellation the satellite will be in then, and later all you have to do is go out at that time and find a spot where you can see the right part of that constellation.
I wonder if it really needed WegGL. Sigh.
Edit: With WebGL enabled, sites can fingerprint VMs. So multiple Debian-family VMs on the same host will have the same fingerprint. VMs with different virtual graphics stacks do have different fingerprints, however. Or Debian-family VMs on different host machines. That's why no WebGL for me.
Also like the night mode in the street view. Does that come with the Google Maps API or something you had to build?
Can you do this with airplanes too? Might be fun to "see" where they're from/going.
Reminds me of a small project I put together which offered a reverse perspective of the ISS: http://www.loworbit.co/
(I've also been trained to distrust any time that doesn't specify a time zone, because I've seen sites that default to some random US timezone, use your local time, use UTC, ...)
My pet peeve is status pages that only show times in some US timezone. I'm supposed to know what the conversion from that timezone to my timezone is, and then the timezone to my servers (which are in UTC)...
If you're on mac and have an iPhone, same thing is happening across the whole OS.
Available WiFis, even if you're not connected to one, will be used by your OS to provide location as well.
This uses the basic Geolocation API, you can look up how your computer figures out its location for more detailed info.
If you don't have Wifi on, maybe you had it before, and Google saved your location based on it?
Upon sitting on a roof some weeks ago in Texas, I thought I spotted at least 5 or 6+ within 30 minutes. Is this probable?
In a city you obviously aren't going to see much because of light pollution (although the ISS is one of the brightest objects, so it should be visible in most cities). If you go to the middle of nowhere, and give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness (around 30 mins), you will see satellites basically all the time and may even see the milky way (it looks like the pictures, but black and white as our eyes can't pick up enough light to detect the colour).
If you ever want to get depressed about how humans have ruined the space around our planet...
Entering my address and hitting GO does nothing...
But I love the idea. However it showed me the times and the satellite but I can’t click on the satellite and see what it does :-(
(I’m in Santa Rosa on an iPad)
Until they do, I'll hide the notifications button in Safari.
The next thing that would be useful is an AR integration. I’d prefer that over google street view.
It's an iOS app that (among many other awesome things) tracks 250+ satellites - and can send a notification before they pass over your location.