Subscribe

If you’re looking for some unique fireworks or perhaps a shooting star to help usher in the new year, NASA may have what you’re looking for.

The international space station is currently circling 250 miles above Earth, and according to the space agency, it’s now visible without use of a telescope.

The station orbits the globe every 90 minutes and looks like a fast-moving star.

NASA astronaut Michael Foale and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri are aboard the station, more than two months into a six-month space flight.

They’re scheduled to return to Earth on April 29.

Foale and Kaleri celebrated Christmas with a special ration of smoked turkey. They gave the station a special holiday feel by using Velcro ornaments and a Nomex Christmas tree.

Santa, along with family and friends, also prepacked some special stockings for them, filled with treats and gifts.

They also talked to their families during the holidays via a two-way video linkup, as well as messages to the staff at mission control.

The crew also recorded a holiday message, which can be viewed at http://www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/.

To find out when the space station will be over your area, go to http://www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/cities/index.cgi. Some cities are already listed.

For those not listed, click on “NASA Skywatch” on the top of the page.

You’ll then have to enter your latitude and longitude to determine when the next sighting will occur your area.

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign-up to receive a daily email of today’s top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign up