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Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The following ISS sightings are possible from Thursday Aug 16, 2018 through Friday Aug 31, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Aug 16, 5:19 AM 3 min 29° 11° above SSW 27° above ESE  
Fri Aug 17, 4:30 AM 2 min 15° 14° above SSE 13° above ESE  
Sat Aug 18, 5:13 AM 5 min 83° 23° above SW 11° above NE  
Sun Aug 19, 4:24 AM 1 min 32° 32° above E 20° above ENE  
Mon Aug 20, 5:07 AM 2 min 23° 23° above NW 11° above N  
Mon Aug 20, 6:27 PM 2 min 16° 10° above NNE 16° above NE  
Tue Aug 21, 4:19 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above NNE 10° above NNE  
Tue Aug 21, 7:10 PM 2 min 42° 10° above NW 42° above WNW  
Wed Aug 22, 6:19 PM 5 min 54° 10° above NNW 22° above ESE  
Thu Aug 23, 7:05 PM 2 min 20° 17° above WSW 18° above SSW  
Fri Aug 24, 6:13 PM 4 min 41° 34° above W 12° above SSE  
Sun Aug 26, 6:06 PM 3 min 15° 14° above WSW 10° above S  
2018-08-15 19:19:00.0,Thu Aug 16, 5:19 AM,3 min,29°,11° above SSW,27° above ESE|2018-08-16 18:30:00.0,Fri Aug 17, 4:30 AM,2 min,15°,14° above SSE,13° above ESE|2018-08-17 19:13:00.0,Sat Aug 18, 5:13 AM,5 min,83°,23° above SW,11° above NE|2018-08-18 18:24:00.0,Sun Aug 19, 4:24 AM,1 min,32°,32° above E,20° above ENE|2018-08-19 19:07:00.0,Mon Aug 20, 5:07 AM,2 min,23°,23° above NW,11° above N|2018-08-20 08:27:00.0,Mon Aug 20, 6:27 PM,2 min,16°,10° above NNE,16° above NE|2018-08-20 18:19:00.0,Tue Aug 21, 4:19 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NNE,10° above NNE|2018-08-21 09:10:00.0,Tue Aug 21, 7:10 PM,2 min,42°,10° above NW,42° above WNW|2018-08-22 08:19:00.0,Wed Aug 22, 6:19 PM,5 min,54°,10° above NNW,22° above ESE|2018-08-23 09:05:00.0,Thu Aug 23, 7:05 PM,2 min,20°,17° above WSW,18° above SSW|2018-08-24 08:13:00.0,Fri Aug 24, 6:13 PM,4 min,41°,34° above W,12° above SSE|2018-08-26 08:06:00.0,Sun Aug 26, 6:06 PM,3 min,15°,14° above WSW,10° above S|

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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

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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.

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