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Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday May 14, 2021 through Saturday May 29, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri May 14, 9:34 PM 3 min 13° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Fri May 14, 11:09 PM 7 min 59° 10° above SW 10° above ENE  
Sat May 15, 12:46 AM 7 min 59° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Sat May 15, 2:23 AM 7 min 73° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Sat May 15, 4:00 AM 6 min 34° 10° above W 10° above SSE  
Sat May 15, 10:22 PM 6 min 41° 10° above SW 10° above ENE  
Sat May 15, 11:58 PM 7 min 67° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Sun May 16, 1:35 AM 7 min 62° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Sun May 16, 3:12 AM 7 min 49° 10° above WNW 10° above SE  
Sun May 16, 9:35 PM 6 min 28° 10° above SSW 10° above E  
Sun May 16, 11:11 PM 7 min 80° 10° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Mon May 17, 12:48 AM 7 min 57° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Mon May 17, 2:25 AM 3 min 53° 10° above WNW 53° above W  
Mon May 17, 4:07 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above S 10° above S  
Mon May 17, 10:23 PM 7 min 80° 10° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Tue May 18, 12:00 AM 7 min 56° 10° above W 10° above E  
Tue May 18, 1:37 AM 3 min 56° 10° above WNW 56° above WNW  
Tue May 18, 9:36 PM 7 min 59° 10° above SW 10° above ENE  
Tue May 18, 11:13 PM 7 min 59° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Wed May 19, 12:50 AM 4 min 73° 10° above WNW 59° above ENE  
Wed May 19, 10:25 PM 7 min 67° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Thu May 20, 12:02 AM 5 min 62° 10° above WNW 25° above E  
Thu May 20, 1:39 AM 1 min 20° 10° above WNW 20° above W  
Thu May 20, 9:38 PM 7 min 80° 10° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Thu May 20, 11:15 PM 7 min 57° 10° above WNW 11° above E  
Fri May 21, 12:52 AM 3 min 53° 10° above WNW 53° above W  
Fri May 21, 10:27 PM 7 min 56° 10° above W 10° above E  
Sat May 22, 12:04 AM 4 min 90° 10° above WNW 52° above ESE  
Sat May 22, 9:40 PM 7 min 59° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Sat May 22, 11:17 PM 6 min 73° 10° above WNW 19° above E  
Sun May 23, 12:54 AM 1 min 21° 10° above W 21° above W  
Sun May 23, 10:30 PM 7 min 63° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Mon May 24, 12:07 AM 3 min 47° 10° above WNW 47° above SW  
Mon May 24, 9:42 PM 7 min 57° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Mon May 24, 11:19 PM 5 min 68° 10° above WNW 35° above SE  
Tue May 25, 10:32 PM 6 min 89° 10° above WNW 15° above ESE  
Wed May 26, 12:09 AM 2 min 21° 10° above W 21° above WSW  
Wed May 26, 11:21 PM 4 min 33° 10° above W 29° above S  
Thu May 27, 10:34 PM 6 min 48° 10° above WNW 18° above SE  
Fri May 28, 11:24 PM 3 min 16° 10° above W 15° above SSW  
2021-05-15 04:34:00.0,Fri May 14, 9:34 PM,3 min,13°,10° above SSE,10° above ESE|2021-05-15 06:09:00.0,Fri May 14, 11:09 PM,7 min,59°,10° above SW,10° above ENE|2021-05-15 07:46:00.0,Sat May 15, 12:46 AM,7 min,59°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2021-05-15 09:23:00.0,Sat May 15, 2:23 AM,7 min,73°,10° above WNW,10° above E|2021-05-15 11:00:00.0,Sat May 15, 4:00 AM,6 min,34°,10° above W,10° above SSE|2021-05-16 05:22:00.0,Sat May 15, 10:22 PM,6 min,41°,10° above SW,10° above ENE|2021-05-16 06:58:00.0,Sat May 15, 11:58 PM,7 min,67°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2021-05-16 08:35:00.0,Sun May 16, 1:35 AM,7 min,62°,10° above WNW,10° above E|2021-05-16 10:12:00.0,Sun May 16, 3:12 AM,7 min,49°,10° above WNW,10° above SE|2021-05-17 04:35:00.0,Sun May 16, 9:35 PM,6 min,28°,10° above SSW,10° above E|2021-05-17 06:11:00.0,Sun May 16, 11:11 PM,7 min,80°,10° above WSW,10° above ENE|2021-05-17 07:48:00.0,Mon May 17, 12:48 AM,7 min,57°,10° above WNW,10° above E|2021-05-17 09:25:00.0,Mon May 17, 2:25 AM,3 min,53°,10° above WNW,53° above W|2021-05-17 11:07:00.0,Mon May 17, 4:07 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above S,10° above S|2021-05-18 05:23:00.0,Mon May 17, 10:23 PM,7 min,80°,10° above WSW,10° above ENE|2021-05-18 07:00:00.0,Tue May 18, 12:00 AM,7 min,56°,10° above W,10° above E|2021-05-18 08:37:00.0,Tue May 18, 1:37 AM,3 min,56°,10° above WNW,56° above WNW|2021-05-19 04:36:00.0,Tue May 18, 9:36 PM,7 min,59°,10° above SW,10° above ENE|2021-05-19 06:13:00.0,Tue May 18, 11:13 PM,7 min,59°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2021-05-19 07:50:00.0,Wed May 19, 12:50 AM,4 min,73°,10° above WNW,59° above ENE|2021-05-20 05:25:00.0,Wed May 19, 10:25 PM,7 min,67°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2021-05-20 07:02:00.0,Thu May 20, 12:02 AM,5 min,62°,10° above WNW,25° above E|2021-05-20 08:39:00.0,Thu May 20, 1:39 AM,1 min,20°,10° above WNW,20° above W|2021-05-21 04:38:00.0,Thu May 20, 9:38 PM,7 min,80°,10° above WSW,10° above ENE|2021-05-21 06:15:00.0,Thu May 20, 11:15 PM,7 min,57°,10° above WNW,11° above E|2021-05-21 07:52:00.0,Fri May 21, 12:52 AM,3 min,53°,10° above WNW,53° above W|2021-05-22 05:27:00.0,Fri May 21, 10:27 PM,7 min,56°,10° above W,10° above E|2021-05-22 07:04:00.0,Sat May 22, 12:04 AM,4 min,90°,10° above WNW,52° above ESE|2021-05-23 04:40:00.0,Sat May 22, 9:40 PM,7 min,59°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2021-05-23 06:17:00.0,Sat May 22, 11:17 PM,6 min,73°,10° above WNW,19° above E|2021-05-23 07:54:00.0,Sun May 23, 12:54 AM,1 min,21°,10° above W,21° above W|2021-05-24 05:30:00.0,Sun May 23, 10:30 PM,7 min,63°,10° above WNW,10° above E|2021-05-24 07:07:00.0,Mon May 24, 12:07 AM,3 min,47°,10° above WNW,47° above SW|2021-05-25 04:42:00.0,Mon May 24, 9:42 PM,7 min,57°,10° above WNW,10° above E|2021-05-25 06:19:00.0,Mon May 24, 11:19 PM,5 min,68°,10° above WNW,35° above SE|2021-05-26 05:32:00.0,Tue May 25, 10:32 PM,6 min,89°,10° above WNW,15° above ESE|2021-05-26 07:09:00.0,Wed May 26, 12:09 AM,2 min,21°,10° above W,21° above WSW|2021-05-27 06:21:00.0,Wed May 26, 11:21 PM,4 min,33°,10° above W,29° above S|2021-05-28 05:34:00.0,Thu May 27, 10:34 PM,6 min,48°,10° above WNW,18° above SE|2021-05-29 06:24:00.0,Fri May 28, 11:24 PM,3 min,16°,10° above W,15° 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 chart. Click the link for a detailed description of the astronomical horizon and sighting alert messages.