This coupled with its huge size and close vicinity to the earth makes viewing the International Space Station without a telescope - even at night - possible.
I can testify to that fact after getting a rare opportunity to view it on 26th May, 2016 at exactly 7:04 pm.
Like a star coming from out of the blues, it graced our sky for no more than a few seconds and then vanished to only God - and the scientists behind the experiment - knows where.
I tried to catch a shot of this marvel but my camera was so feeble to get a good one. Anyway half a loaf is better than none. All I can hope for is that I manage to get a good shot the next time the ISS passes over our country.
See the photo below:
Friday June 24, 2016: Spot the international space station at 7;35 PM.