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Location: Lecco, Italy

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 4 min 40° 24° above WNW 16° above NE  
Mon Feb 8, 8:15 PM < 1 min 13° 11° above WNW 13° above NW  
Tue Feb 9, 7:22 PM 2 min 27° 13° above WNW 27° above N  
Wed Feb 10, 6:30 PM 4 min 30° 16° above WNW 13° above NE  
Wed Feb 10, 8:06 PM < 1 min 16° 11° above NW 16° above NW  
Thu Feb 11, 7:13 PM 3 min 28° 11° above NW 27° above NNE  
Fri Feb 12, 6:20 PM 5 min 27° 11° above WNW 10° above ENE  
Fri Feb 12, 7:57 PM 1 min 25° 12° above NW 25° above NW  
Sat Feb 13, 7:04 PM 3 min 34° 12° above NW 30° above NE  
Sun Feb 14, 6:12 PM 5 min 29° 11° above NW 11° above ENE  
Sun Feb 14, 7:48 PM 2 min 44° 15° above WNW 44° above NW  
Mon Feb 15, 6:55 PM 5 min 49° 10° above WNW 25° above E  
Tue Feb 16, 7:40 PM 2 min 54° 27° above W 53° above SSW  
Wed Feb 17, 6:47 PM 5 min 86° 19° above WNW 16° above ESE  
Wed Feb 17, 8:24 PM < 1 min 14° 12° above WSW 14° above WSW  
Thu Feb 18, 7:32 PM 3 min 25° 22° above WSW 16° above S  
Fri Feb 19, 6:40 PM 4 min 45° 36° above WSW 11° above SE  
Sat Feb 20, 7:24 PM 1 min 12° 12° above SW 10° above SSW  
Sun Feb 21, 6:32 PM 2 min 21° 21° 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