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Location: Hanau, Germany

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Feb 5, 2016 through Saturday Feb 20, 2016

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Feb 5, 6:03 PM 5 min 20° 11° above S 10° above E  
Fri Feb 5, 7:39 PM 1 min 45° 19° above WSW 45° above WSW  
Sat Feb 6, 6:47 PM 3 min 54° 18° above SW 31° above E  
Sun Feb 7, 5:55 PM 5 min 35° 17° above SSW 12° above E  
Sun Feb 7, 7:32 PM 1 min 71° 28° above W 71° above NW  
Mon Feb 8, 6:39 PM 3 min 85° 36° above WSW 24° above ENE  
Mon Feb 8, 8:15 PM < 1 min 18° 18° above WNW 18° above WNW  
Tue Feb 9, 7:23 PM 2 min 64° 27° above WNW 63° above NNE  
Wed Feb 10, 6:31 PM 4 min 72° 35° above W 16° above ENE  
Wed Feb 10, 8:06 PM < 1 min 28° 23° above WNW 28° above WNW  
Thu Feb 11, 7:14 PM 2 min 65° 27° above WNW 55° above NE  
Fri Feb 12, 6:22 PM 4 min 64° 34° above WNW 13° above E  
Fri Feb 12, 7:58 PM < 1 min 35° 23° above WNW 35° above W  
Sat Feb 13, 7:05 PM 3 min 79° 28° above WNW 37° above E  
Sun Feb 14, 6:13 PM 5 min 67° 27° above WNW 10° above E  
Sun Feb 14, 7:49 PM 1 min 44° 26° above W 44° above WSW  
Mon Feb 15, 6:57 PM 3 min 72° 35° above W 23° above ESE  
Mon Feb 15, 8:32 PM < 1 min 13° 11° above WSW 13° above WSW  
Tue Feb 16, 6:08 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Tue Feb 16, 7:40 PM 2 min 28° 21° above WSW 25° above S  
Wed Feb 17, 6:48 PM 4 min 43° 35° above WSW 11° above SE  
Thu Feb 18, 7:32 PM 3 min 15° 14° above WSW 10° above S  
Fri Feb 19, 6:40 PM 3 min 24° 23° above SW 11° above SSE  

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The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction. It will also be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane (airplanes generally fly at about 600 miles per hour; the space station flies at 17,500 miles per hour).

Below is a time-lapse photo of the space station moving across the sky.

Spot The Station Fan photo by @iambinaxx on Twitter. Spot The Station Fan photo by @iambinaxx on Twitter

Visit the JSC Flickr photo gallery of ISS sightings

How do I Spot The Station?

What does all this sighting information mean?

Time is when the sighting opportunity will begin in your local time zone. All sightings will occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky.

Visible is the maximum time period the space station is visible before crossing back below the horizon.

Max Height is measured in degrees (also known as elevation). It represents the height of the space station from the horizon in the night sky. The horizon is at zero degrees, and directly overhead is ninety degrees. If you hold your fist at arm’s length and place your fist resting on the horizon, the top will be about 10 degrees.

Appears is the location in the sky where the station will be visible first. This value, like maximum height, also is measured in degrees from the horizon. The letters represent compass directions -- N is north, WNW is west by northwest, and so on.

Disappears represents where in the night sky the International Space Station will leave your field of view.

Astronomical Horizon