How to photograph the International Space Station (ISS)

Have you ever watched the International Space Station (ISS) soar over your city? If not, you’re in for a treat. 

It orbits Earth every 90 minutes – so, 16 times every 24 hours – and its mighty solar panels are very bright when viewed just after sunset or just before sunrise. Its those solar panels reflecting sunlight that make the spacecraft visible from the Earth's surface; once you’ve seen it, you’ll always notice it streaking across the night sky as a very bright, constant white light.

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.