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February 27, 2015 AT 4:00 am

Make an ISS tracker with #raspberrypi #piday @Raspberry_Pi

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From For Toffee via the Raspberry Pi Pod:

I follow @VirtualAstro on twitter who publishes ISS visible pass times and, from time to time, I’ll go watch the ISS fly over. In fact, I was out with my 4yo son watching “Father Christmas” going over on Christmas Eve. That was truly magical.

If you want to follow the ISS in real time there are numerous sites, one example is iss.astroviewer.net. This shows not only its position over the globe, but also an virtual “astronauts” view using the satellite view on Google Maps to provide a ground track

So the idea of an ISS tracker was born…

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