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Location: Port Angeles, Washington, United States

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, 6:47 PM 3 min 42° 21° above WNW 28° above NE  
Thu Feb 11, 5:54 PM 4 min 45° 25° above WNW 11° above ENE  
Thu Feb 11, 7:30 PM 2 min 45° 18° above WNW 45° above NNW  
Fri Feb 12, 6:38 PM 4 min 44° 17° above WNW 24° above ENE  
Fri Feb 12, 8:14 PM < 1 min 18° 18° above WNW 18° above WNW  
Sat Feb 13, 7:22 PM 2 min 70° 23° above WNW 70° above NNW  
Sun Feb 14, 6:29 PM 4 min 55° 18° above WNW 18° above E  
Sun Feb 14, 8:05 PM < 1 min 24° 21° above W 24° above W  
Mon Feb 15, 7:13 PM 2 min 65° 28° above WNW 44° above SE  
Tue Feb 16, 6:20 PM 5 min 82° 23° above WNW 10° above ESE  
Tue Feb 16, 7:56 PM 1 min 20° 16° above WSW 20° above SW  
Wed Feb 17, 7:05 PM 3 min 34° 30° above WSW 14° above SSE  
Thu Feb 18, 6:12 PM 4 min 56° 40° above W 10° above SE  
Thu Feb 18, 7:48 PM 1 min 10° 10° above WSW 10° above SW  
Fri Feb 19, 6:57 PM 2 min 18° 17° above SW 10° above S  
Sat Feb 20, 6:07 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSE 10° 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