The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is one of the agencies of the 11 from around the world involved in the International Space Station (ISS) project. Once complete, the still partially built space station will be about the size of a soccer field. However, it is already plenty big enough - even in its partially complete state - for the reflections of the sun's rays that it deflects to earth to be visible from the earth's surface.
To give people living in Japan the chance to view the space station for themselves, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has a daily "calendar" on its website showing at what times and from where in Japan the space station will be visible on any one day.
From as far north as Hokkaido, all the way south to Okinawa, everyone in Japan has the chance to see the space station depending on the station's orbit on any particular day. When it passes over, it is close enough that even people in big cities like Tokyo and Osaka can see it in spite of the light pollution.
Go to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency website to find out when you can next see the international space station.
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