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The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Feb 16, 2018 through Sunday Mar 4, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Feb 18, 4:48 AM 6 min 42° 10° above SSW 11° above ENE  
Sun Feb 18, 7:47 PM 1 min 22° 10° above NNW 22° above N  
Mon Feb 19, 3:57 AM 2 min 20° 10° above S 20° above SE  
Mon Feb 19, 6:55 PM 4 min 17° 10° above NNE 10° above E  
Mon Feb 19, 8:31 PM 2 min 24° 11° above W 24° above SW  
Tue Feb 20, 3:06 AM < 1 min 11° 10° above SSE 11° above SE  
Tue Feb 20, 4:40 AM 6 min 52° 10° above SW 10° above NNE  
Tue Feb 20, 7:39 PM 6 min 54° 10° above NW 10° above SSE  
Wed Feb 21, 3:52 AM 3 min 57° 57° above ESE 10° above NE  
Wed Feb 21, 6:46 PM 6 min 57° 10° above NNW 10° above SE  
Wed Feb 21, 8:26 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above SSW  
Thu Feb 22, 4:37 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above NNW 10° above NNW  
Thu Feb 22, 7:34 PM 2 min 19° 19° above SSW 11° above S  
Fri Feb 23, 6:43 PM 1 min 23° 23° above S 11° above SSE  
2018-02-17 18:48:00.0,Sun Feb 18, 4:48 AM,6 min,42°,10° above SSW,11° above ENE|2018-02-18 09:47:00.0,Sun Feb 18, 7:47 PM,1 min,22°,10° above NNW,22° above N|2018-02-18 17:57:00.0,Mon Feb 19, 3:57 AM,2 min,20°,10° above S,20° above SE|2018-02-19 08:55:00.0,Mon Feb 19, 6:55 PM,4 min,17°,10° above NNE,10° above E|2018-02-19 10:31:00.0,Mon Feb 19, 8:31 PM,2 min,24°,11° above W,24° above SW|2018-02-19 17:06:00.0,Tue Feb 20, 3:06 AM,< 1 min,11°,10° above SSE,11° above SE|2018-02-19 18:40:00.0,Tue Feb 20, 4:40 AM,6 min,52°,10° above SW,10° above NNE|2018-02-20 09:39:00.0,Tue Feb 20, 7:39 PM,6 min,54°,10° above NW,10° above SSE|2018-02-20 17:52:00.0,Wed Feb 21, 3:52 AM,3 min,57°,57° above ESE,10° above NE|2018-02-21 08:46:00.0,Wed Feb 21, 6:46 PM,6 min,57°,10° above NNW,10° above SE|2018-02-21 10:26:00.0,Wed Feb 21, 8:26 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSW,10° above SSW|2018-02-21 18:37:00.0,Thu Feb 22, 4:37 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NNW,10° above NNW|2018-02-22 09:34:00.0,Thu Feb 22, 7:34 PM,2 min,19°,19° above SSW,11° above S|2018-02-23 08:43:00.0,Fri Feb 23, 6:43 PM,1 min,23°,23° 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

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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