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Location: Schleswig, Germany

The following ISS sightings are possible from Thursday Feb 11, 2016 through Thursday Feb 25, 2016

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Feb 10, 6:31 PM 4 min 46° 26° above SW 17° above ESE  
Wed Feb 10, 8:06 PM < 1 min 25° 18° above WSW 25° above WSW  
Thu Feb 11, 7:14 PM 2 min 49° 26° above WSW 43° above SSE  
Fri Feb 12, 6:22 PM 4 min 50° 32° above WSW 14° above ESE  
Fri Feb 12, 7:57 PM 1 min 30° 17° above WSW 30° above SW  
Sat Feb 13, 7:05 PM 3 min 41° 25° above WSW 27° above SE  
Sat Feb 13, 8:40 PM < 1 min 11° 10° above WSW 11° above WSW  
Sun Feb 14, 6:13 PM 4 min 48° 37° above SW 11° above ESE  
Sun Feb 14, 7:48 PM 2 min 23° 17° above WSW 23° above SSW  
Mon Feb 15, 6:56 PM 3 min 31° 25° above SW 13° above SE  
Tue Feb 16, 6:04 PM 4 min 39° 33° above SW 10° above SE  
Tue Feb 16, 7:39 PM 3 min 15° 12° above WSW 12° above S  
Wed Feb 17, 6:47 PM 3 min 21° 19° above SW 11° above SSE  
Fri Feb 19, 6:39 PM 2 min 13° 13° above SW 11° above S  

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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