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Location: Brisbane, Queensland, 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, 5:39 PM 6 min 59° 11° above SW 12° above NE  
Sun Jul 24, 6:26 PM 1 min 15° 15° above NW 10° above NNW  
Mon Jul 25, 5:34 PM 2 min 26° 26° above N 11° above NNE  
Sun Jul 31, 5:39 AM 6 min 36° 11° above NNW 11° above ESE  
Mon Aug 1, 4:47 AM 2 min 15° 10° above NNE 15° above NE  
Tue Aug 2, 5:29 AM 6 min 64° 10° above NW 10° above SE  
Wed Aug 3, 4:40 AM 3 min 44° 44° above ENE 11° above SE  
Thu Aug 4, 5:23 AM 2 min 22° 22° above SW 10° above S  
Fri Aug 5, 4:33 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSE 10° above SSE  
2016-07-23 07:39:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 5:39 PM,6 min,59°,11° above SW,12° above NE|2016-07-24 08:26:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 6:26 PM,1 min,15°,15° above NW,10° above NNW|2016-07-25 07:34:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 5:34 PM,2 min,26°,26° above N,11° above NNE|2016-07-30 19:39:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 5:39 AM,6 min,36°,11° above NNW,11° above ESE|2016-07-31 18:47:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 4:47 AM,2 min,15°,10° above NNE,15° above NE|2016-08-01 19:29:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 5:29 AM,6 min,64°,10° above NW,10° above SE|2016-08-02 18:40:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 4:40 AM,3 min,44°,44° above ENE,11° above SE|2016-08-03 19:23:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 5:23 AM,2 min,22°,22° above SW,10° above S|2016-08-04 18:33:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 4:33 AM,< 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.

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