How to Track the ISS
This website set up by NASA also tracks the ISS and offers a livestream of the video. If the screen is black, the ISS is some 250 miles above the half of the Earth where it’s nighttime.
On the Columbus Eye website, users can track the location of the ISS over the Earth as it travels 17,150 miles per hour, or about 5 miles per second. The ISS orbits the Earth just about every 92 minutes, give or take a few seconds.
The ESA also operates an ISS Tracker portal that shows the space station’s location relative to the entire Earth, and when it’s over your hometown.
As astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect will tell you, seeing Earth from above will change everything. It was a feeling experienced by NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, who recalled he experience to Inverse recently:
I look out the window, and I see the planet again. We’re going around it so fast and we’re coming over Virginia. I look down and I’m thinking, “My parents are probably having a meal.” Five minutes later, we’re over Paris, where Léo’s from, our French long-duration astronaut. And then Yuri, from Russia, can look over to the side and see his home.
And so, in this one little moment in time, we’re looking at our respective homes, breaking bread, and celebrating like we are in space. And that’s when this shift happened, because I saw so much of the planet in 90 minutes.
With the video live feed from the ISS, anybody with an internet connection can experience a sliver of the overview effect — as long as space radiation doesn’t degrade the video.