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Location: Paderborn, Germany

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Feb 8, 2016 through Tuesday Feb 23, 2016

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Feb 8, 6:39 PM 3 min 61° 28° above SW 22° above E  
Mon Feb 8, 8:15 PM < 1 min 23° 19° above W 23° above W  
Tue Feb 9, 7:23 PM 2 min 88° 28° above W 81° above E  
Wed Feb 10, 6:31 PM 4 min 81° 35° above WSW 16° above E  
Wed Feb 10, 8:06 PM < 1 min 28° 23° above W 28° above W  
Thu Feb 11, 7:14 PM 2 min 87° 28° above W 48° above E  
Fri Feb 12, 6:22 PM 4 min 88° 35° above W 13° above E  
Fri Feb 12, 7:57 PM 1 min 41° 22° above W 41° above WSW  
Sat Feb 13, 7:05 PM 2 min 75° 35° above W 36° above ESE  
Sat Feb 13, 8:41 PM < 1 min 13° 13° above W 13° above W  
Sun Feb 14, 6:13 PM 4 min 86° 45° above W 10° above E  
Sun Feb 14, 7:49 PM 1 min 37° 24° above WSW 37° above SSW  
Mon Feb 15, 6:56 PM 3 min 53° 32° above W 18° above SE  
Mon Feb 15, 8:32 PM < 1 min 13° 11° above WSW 13° above WSW  
Tue Feb 16, 6:07 PM 1 min 23° 23° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Tue Feb 16, 7:40 PM 2 min 22° 19° above WSW 20° above S  
Wed Feb 17, 6:48 PM 4 min 33° 30° above SW 10° above SE  
Thu Feb 18, 7:31 PM 2 min 13° 12° above WSW 10° above SSW  
Fri Feb 19, 6:40 PM 3 min 20° 19° above SW 10° above SSE  
Sun Feb 21, 6:32 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above SW 10° above SSW  

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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