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Location: Iron Mountain, Michigan, United States

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, 6:50 PM 2 min 51° 26° above W 50° above N  
Sat Feb 6, 5:57 PM 4 min 79° 35° above WSW 16° above ENE  
Sat Feb 6, 7:33 PM < 1 min 19° 16° above WNW 19° above NW  
Sun Feb 7, 6:41 PM 2 min 34° 20° above WNW 31° above NNE  
Mon Feb 8, 5:49 PM 4 min 46° 31° above WNW 11° above NE  
Mon Feb 8, 7:25 PM 1 min 21° 13° above NW 21° above NW  
Tue Feb 9, 6:32 PM 3 min 28° 16° above WNW 23° above NNE  
Wed Feb 10, 5:40 PM 5 min 32° 19° above WNW 10° above NE  
Wed Feb 10, 7:16 PM 2 min 25° 11° above NW 25° above NNW  
Thu Feb 11, 6:23 PM 4 min 27° 11° above WNW 20° above NE  
Thu Feb 11, 7:59 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above WNW 12° above NW  
Fri Feb 12, 7:07 PM 2 min 33° 10° above NW 33° above NNW  
Sat Feb 13, 6:14 PM 4 min 31° 11° above NW 19° above ENE  
Sat Feb 13, 7:51 PM < 1 min 15° 15° above WNW 15° above WNW  
Sun Feb 14, 6:58 PM 3 min 59° 12° above WNW 59° above N  
Mon Feb 15, 6:05 PM 5 min 42° 10° above NW 16° above E  
Mon Feb 15, 7:43 PM < 1 min 24° 21° above W 24° above W  
Tue Feb 16, 6:50 PM 3 min 71° 23° above WNW 45° above SE  
Wed Feb 17, 5:56 PM 6 min 70° 12° above WNW 10° above ESE  
Wed Feb 17, 7:34 PM 1 min 19° 15° above WSW 19° above SW  
Thu Feb 18, 6:43 PM 3 min 33° 29° above WSW 12° above SSE  
Fri Feb 19, 5:50 PM 4 min 59° 41° above W 10° above SE  

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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