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Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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, 6:49 PM 4 min 25° 17° above WNW 10° above NE  
Mon Feb 8, 8:25 PM < 1 min 11° 10° above NW 11° above NW  
Tue Feb 9, 7:32 PM 3 min 17° 10° above NW 16° above NNE  
Wed Feb 10, 6:39 PM 5 min 19° 10° above WNW 10° above NE  
Wed Feb 10, 8:17 PM < 1 min 14° 10° above NW 14° above NNW  
Thu Feb 11, 7:24 PM 3 min 17° 10° above NW 16° above NNE  
Fri Feb 12, 6:31 PM 4 min 17° 13° above NW 10° above NE  
Fri Feb 12, 8:08 PM 1 min 20° 11° above NW 20° above NNW  
Sat Feb 13, 7:15 PM 3 min 20° 10° above NW 18° above NE  
Sat Feb 13, 8:51 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above NW 10° above NW  
Sun Feb 14, 7:58 PM 2 min 34° 10° above NW 34° above N  
Mon Feb 15, 7:06 PM 4 min 28° 11° above NW 17° above ENE  
Mon Feb 15, 8:43 PM < 1 min 18° 18° above WNW 18° above WNW  
Tue Feb 16, 7:49 PM 3 min 82° 12° above NW 78° above E  
Wed Feb 17, 6:57 PM 6 min 47° 10° above NW 11° above ESE  
Wed Feb 17, 8:35 PM < 1 min 20° 16° above W 20° above WSW  
Thu Feb 18, 7:43 PM 3 min 41° 29° above W 19° above SSE  
Fri Feb 19, 6:49 PM 6 min 80° 15° above WNW 10° above SE  
Sat Feb 20, 7:35 PM 2 min 18° 18° above SW 11° above S  
Sun Feb 21, 6:43 PM 3 min 33° 33° above SW 12° 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