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Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Jul 22, 2016 through Sunday Aug 7, 2016

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Jul 23, 5:37 PM 6 min 70° 10° above SW 11° above NE  
Sun Jul 24, 6:25 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above NW 10° above NW  
Mon Jul 25, 5:32 PM 2 min 21° 21° above NNW 11° above N  
Sun Jul 31, 5:41 AM 1 min 14° 11° above NNE 14° above NE  
Mon Aug 1, 6:23 AM 4 min 83° 10° above NW 62° above SE  
Tue Aug 2, 5:30 AM 6 min 40° 10° above NNW 11° above ESE  
Wed Aug 3, 4:40 AM 1 min 18° 18° above NE 17° above ENE  
Wed Aug 3, 6:14 AM 6 min 31° 11° above W 10° above SSE  
Thu Aug 4, 5:23 AM 4 min 66° 54° above W 11° above SE  
Fri Aug 5, 4:33 AM < 1 min 16° 16° above ESE 11° above ESE  
Fri Aug 5, 6:05 AM 4 min 15° 11° above WSW 10° above S  
Sat Aug 6, 5:15 AM 2 min 22° 22° above S 11° above SSE  
2016-07-23 07:37:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 5:37 PM,6 min,70°,10° above SW,11° above NE|2016-07-24 08:25:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 6:25 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NW,10° above NW|2016-07-25 07:32:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 5:32 PM,2 min,21°,21° above NNW,11° above N|2016-07-30 19:41:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 5:41 AM,1 min,14°,11° above NNE,14° above NE|2016-07-31 20:23:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 6:23 AM,4 min,83°,10° above NW,62° above SE|2016-08-01 19:30:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 5:30 AM,6 min,40°,10° above NNW,11° above ESE|2016-08-02 18:40:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 4:40 AM,1 min,18°,18° above NE,17° above ENE|2016-08-02 20:14:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 6:14 AM,6 min,31°,11° above W,10° above SSE|2016-08-03 19:23:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 5:23 AM,4 min,66°,54° above W,11° above SE|2016-08-04 18:33:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 4:33 AM,< 1 min,16°,16° above ESE,11° above ESE|2016-08-04 20:05:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 6:05 AM,4 min,15°,11° above WSW,10° above S|2016-08-05 19:15:00.0,Sat Aug 6, 5:15 AM,2 min,22°,22° above S,11° 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.

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

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