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Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The following ISS sightings are possible from Saturday Jan 19, 2019 through Sunday Feb 3, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Jan 27, 5:56 AM 4 min 45° 11° above NNW 34° above E  
Mon Jan 28, 5:06 AM 3 min 23° 15° above N 16° above E  
Tue Jan 29, 4:16 AM 1 min 11° 11° above NE 10° above ENE  
Tue Jan 29, 5:49 AM 5 min 62° 10° above WNW 30° above SSE  
Wed Jan 30, 5:00 AM 3 min 65° 35° above NNW 29° above ESE  
Thu Jan 31, 4:11 AM 2 min 28° 28° above ENE 11° above ESE  
Thu Jan 31, 5:44 AM 5 min 27° 11° above W 15° above SSE  
Fri Feb 1, 4:54 AM 2 min 46° 41° above WSW 22° above SSE  
Sat Feb 2, 4:05 AM < 1 min 31° 31° above SE 21° above SE  
Sat Feb 2, 5:39 AM 4 min 15° 10° above WSW 10° above SSE  
Sun Feb 3, 4:48 AM 3 min 22° 20° above SW 15° above SSE  
2019-01-26 18:56:00.0,Sun Jan 27, 5:56 AM,4 min,45°,11° above NNW,34° above E|2019-01-27 18:06:00.0,Mon Jan 28, 5:06 AM,3 min,23°,15° above N,16° above E|2019-01-28 17:16:00.0,Tue Jan 29, 4:16 AM,1 min,11°,11° above NE,10° above ENE|2019-01-28 18:49:00.0,Tue Jan 29, 5:49 AM,5 min,62°,10° above WNW,30° above SSE|2019-01-29 18:00:00.0,Wed Jan 30, 5:00 AM,3 min,65°,35° above NNW,29° above ESE|2019-01-30 17:11:00.0,Thu Jan 31, 4:11 AM,2 min,28°,28° above ENE,11° above ESE|2019-01-30 18:44:00.0,Thu Jan 31, 5:44 AM,5 min,27°,11° above W,15° above SSE|2019-01-31 17:54:00.0,Fri Feb 1, 4:54 AM,2 min,46°,41° above WSW,22° above SSE|2019-02-01 17:05:00.0,Sat Feb 2, 4:05 AM,< 1 min,31°,31° above SE,21° above SE|2019-02-01 18:39:00.0,Sat Feb 2, 5:39 AM,4 min,15°,10° above WSW,10° above SSE|2019-02-02 17:48:00.0,Sun Feb 3, 4:48 AM,3 min,22°,20° above SW,15° above SSE|

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