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Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Oct 15, 2018 through Wednesday Oct 31, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Oct 16, 5:32 AM 3 min 31° 10° above SSW 31° above SE  
Wed Oct 17, 4:41 AM 3 min 20° 10° above SSW 20° above SE  
Thu Oct 18, 3:51 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above SSE 13° above SSE  
Thu Oct 18, 5:24 AM 6 min 76° 10° above SW 11° above NE  
Fri Oct 19, 4:34 AM 4 min 39° 25° above SSW 11° above ENE  
Sat Oct 20, 3:46 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above ESE 11° above E  
Sat Oct 20, 5:18 AM 5 min 37° 20° above WSW 11° above NNE  
Sat Oct 20, 8:21 PM 3 min 15° 10° above NNE 14° above ENE  
Sat Oct 20, 9:56 PM 1 min 21° 10° above WNW 21° above WNW  
Sun Oct 21, 4:30 AM 1 min 21° 21° above NE 11° above NE  
Sun Oct 21, 9:04 PM 5 min 84° 10° above NW 20° above SE  
Sun Oct 21, 10:42 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above WSW 11° above WSW  
Mon Oct 22, 8:12 PM 6 min 39° 11° above NNW 10° above ESE  
Mon Oct 22, 9:51 PM 2 min 23° 22° above SW 15° above SSE  
Tue Oct 23, 8:57 PM 6 min 37° 12° above WNW 11° above SE  
Tue Oct 23, 10:37 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above S  
Wed Oct 24, 8:06 PM 5 min 73° 28° above WNW 11° above SE  
Wed Oct 24, 9:44 PM 2 min 14° 14° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Thu Oct 25, 8:52 PM 3 min 19° 19° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Sat Oct 27, 8:45 PM 2 min 12° 12° above SSW 10° above S  
Tue Oct 30, 10:59 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above SSW 11° above SSW  
2018-10-15 18:32:00.0,Tue Oct 16, 5:32 AM,3 min,31°,10° above SSW,31° above SE|2018-10-16 17:41:00.0,Wed Oct 17, 4:41 AM,3 min,20°,10° above SSW,20° above SE|2018-10-17 16:51:00.0,Thu Oct 18, 3:51 AM,< 1 min,14°,14° above SSE,13° above SSE|2018-10-17 18:24:00.0,Thu Oct 18, 5:24 AM,6 min,76°,10° above SW,11° above NE|2018-10-18 17:34:00.0,Fri Oct 19, 4:34 AM,4 min,39°,25° above SSW,11° above ENE|2018-10-19 16:46:00.0,Sat Oct 20, 3:46 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above ESE,11° above E|2018-10-19 18:18:00.0,Sat Oct 20, 5:18 AM,5 min,37°,20° above WSW,11° above NNE|2018-10-20 09:21:00.0,Sat Oct 20, 8:21 PM,3 min,15°,10° above NNE,14° above ENE|2018-10-20 10:56:00.0,Sat Oct 20, 9:56 PM,1 min,21°,10° above WNW,21° above WNW|2018-10-20 17:30:00.0,Sun Oct 21, 4:30 AM,1 min,21°,21° above NE,11° above NE|2018-10-21 10:04:00.0,Sun Oct 21, 9:04 PM,5 min,84°,10° above NW,20° above SE|2018-10-21 11:42:00.0,Sun Oct 21, 10:42 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above WSW,11° above WSW|2018-10-22 09:12:00.0,Mon Oct 22, 8:12 PM,6 min,39°,11° above NNW,10° above ESE|2018-10-22 10:51:00.0,Mon Oct 22, 9:51 PM,2 min,23°,22° above SW,15° above SSE|2018-10-23 09:57:00.0,Tue Oct 23, 8:57 PM,6 min,37°,12° above WNW,11° above SE|2018-10-23 11:37:00.0,Tue Oct 23, 10:37 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSW,10° above S|2018-10-24 09:06:00.0,Wed Oct 24, 8:06 PM,5 min,73°,28° above WNW,11° above SE|2018-10-24 10:44:00.0,Wed Oct 24, 9:44 PM,2 min,14°,14° above SSW,10° above SSE|2018-10-25 09:52:00.0,Thu Oct 25, 8:52 PM,3 min,19°,19° above SSW,10° above SSE|2018-10-27 09:45:00.0,Sat Oct 27, 8:45 PM,2 min,12°,12° above SSW,10° above S|2018-10-30 11:59:00.0,Tue Oct 30, 10:59 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above SSW,11° above SSW|

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