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Note: Views may be temporarily interrupted. If you see a black picture, the space station is on the night side of the earth.

When you see a picture with text displayed, the communication between the satellites changes and the camera feeds are temporarily unavailable. Between camera switches, one black and one Gray Slate will also appear shortly.

I have to love these clever space engineers at NASA. We know that there is a lot of sport, but if you are looking for distraction, look at it.

NASA runs a live webcam from their space station and if you ever wanted to imagine what it's like to float above the earth and see the view from there … you can do it now.

Where is the space station right now?

There are several tools to keep track of where the space station is currently located, including this live tracker.

NASA also has a schedule when you can see the space station from below. Bad news, when you are in Cape Town, your last opportunity has come and gone.

But do not worry, depending on when you read this, you will have another opportunity on the 30th of June (in good weather) and on the 10th of July.

Joburg's next sighting will be on July 13th. If you're so inclined, you can sign up for NASA memories to let you know when to show up and see.

But why look, if you can look down?

Watch: Space Station Views of the earth live from space

What is the space station?

The International Space Station is a big spaceship. It circles the earth. It is a home where astronauts live.

The space station is also a science laboratory. Many countries have worked together to build it. They also work together to use it.

How many times can I see the space station?

It can only be seen when it is dusk or dusk at your location. So it can range from a one to several-week viewing opportunity, since it must be dark where you are, and the space station must go overboard.


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