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Location: San Diego, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday May 14, 2021 through Saturday May 29, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri May 14, 9:31 PM 6 min 37° 10° above WSW 10° above NNE  
Sat May 15, 4:04 AM 6 min 29° 10° above NNW 10° above E  
Sat May 15, 8:43 PM 7 min 71° 10° above SW 10° above NE  
Sun May 16, 3:17 AM 5 min 18° 10° above NNW 10° above E  
Sun May 16, 4:53 AM 6 min 39° 10° above WNW 10° above SSE  
Sun May 16, 9:34 PM 4 min 14° 10° above WNW 10° above N  
Mon May 17, 4:07 AM 5 min 80° 28° above NW 10° above SE  
Mon May 17, 8:46 PM 5 min 22° 10° above W 10° above NNE  
Thu May 27, 10:38 PM 1 min 16° 10° above NNW 16° above N  
Fri May 28, 9:51 PM 2 min 12° 10° above N 12° above NE  
2021-05-15 04:31:00.0,Fri May 14, 9:31 PM,6 min,37°,10° above WSW,10° above NNE|2021-05-15 11:04:00.0,Sat May 15, 4:04 AM,6 min,29°,10° above NNW,10° above E|2021-05-16 03:43:00.0,Sat May 15, 8:43 PM,7 min,71°,10° above SW,10° above NE|2021-05-16 10:17:00.0,Sun May 16, 3:17 AM,5 min,18°,10° above NNW,10° above E|2021-05-16 11:53:00.0,Sun May 16, 4:53 AM,6 min,39°,10° above WNW,10° above SSE|2021-05-17 04:34:00.0,Sun May 16, 9:34 PM,4 min,14°,10° above WNW,10° above N|2021-05-17 11:07:00.0,Mon May 17, 4:07 AM,5 min,80°,28° above NW,10° above SE|2021-05-18 03:46:00.0,Mon May 17, 8:46 PM,5 min,22°,10° above W,10° above NNE|2021-05-28 05:38:00.0,Thu May 27, 10:38 PM,1 min,16°,10° above NNW,16° above N|2021-05-29 04:51:00.0,Fri May 28, 9:51 PM,2 min,12°,10° above N,12° above NE|

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.

The International Space Station is seen in this 30 second exposure as it flies over Elkton, VA early in the morning, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls The International Space Station is seen in this 30 second exposure as it flies over Elkton, VA early in the morning, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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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 chart. Click the link for a detailed description of the astronomical horizon and sighting alert messages.