The Iridium satellites' antenna arrays are almost perfect mirrors. And when they catch the Sun just right wow!
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the International Space Station! Learn how to spot Earth's artificial satellites.
The International Space Station passes over virtually all of Earth's populated areas, and you can spot it easily with your eyes alone if you know where and when to look for it.
The International Space Station often passes close to the Moon, Sun, and naked-eye planets. Use this tool to plan viewing these close encounters.
These communications satellites can briefly outshine Venus as they spray the ground with reflected sunlight.
For a few days each May, you might see the International Space whenever it passes overhead throughout the night.