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Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Feb 21, 2018 through Thursday Mar 8, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Feb 27, 5:49 AM 3 min 17° 10° above S 17° above SE  
Wed Feb 28, 4:58 AM 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above ESE  
Wed Feb 28, 6:32 AM < 1 min 12° 10° above SW 12° above SW  
Thu Mar 1, 5:40 AM 4 min 33° 10° above SSW 30° above ESE  
Fri Mar 2, 4:50 AM 2 min 21° 20° above SSE 16° above ESE  
Fri Mar 2, 6:23 AM 5 min 85° 10° above WSW 30° above ENE  
Sat Mar 3, 4:00 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Sat Mar 3, 5:32 AM 3 min 64° 22° above SW 35° above E  
Sun Mar 4, 4:42 AM 1 min 39° 39° above SE 22° above E  
Sun Mar 4, 6:15 AM 5 min 57° 10° above W 28° above NE  
Mon Mar 5, 3:52 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above E 10° above E  
Mon Mar 5, 5:25 AM 3 min 76° 35° above W 30° above ENE  
Tue Mar 6, 4:35 AM 1 min 47° 47° above E 24° above ENE  
Tue Mar 6, 6:07 AM 5 min 46° 10° above W 25° above NE  
Wed Mar 7, 3:44 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above ENE 14° above ENE  
Wed Mar 7, 5:17 AM 3 min 53° 32° above WNW 27° above NE  
Thu Mar 8, 4:26 AM 1 min 46° 46° above NE 24° above ENE  
2018-02-27 13:49:00.0,Tue Feb 27, 5:49 AM,3 min,17°,10° above S,17° above SE|2018-02-28 12:58:00.0,Wed Feb 28, 4:58 AM,1 min,10°,10° above SE,10° above ESE|2018-02-28 14:32:00.0,Wed Feb 28, 6:32 AM,< 1 min,12°,10° above SW,12° above SW|2018-03-01 13:40:00.0,Thu Mar 1, 5:40 AM,4 min,33°,10° above SSW,30° above ESE|2018-03-02 12:50:00.0,Fri Mar 2, 4:50 AM,2 min,21°,20° above SSE,16° above ESE|2018-03-02 14:23:00.0,Fri Mar 2, 6:23 AM,5 min,85°,10° above WSW,30° above ENE|2018-03-03 12:00:00.0,Sat Mar 3, 4:00 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above ESE,10° above ESE|2018-03-03 13:32:00.0,Sat Mar 3, 5:32 AM,3 min,64°,22° above SW,35° above E|2018-03-04 12:42:00.0,Sun Mar 4, 4:42 AM,1 min,39°,39° above SE,22° above E|2018-03-04 14:15:00.0,Sun Mar 4, 6:15 AM,5 min,57°,10° above W,28° above NE|2018-03-05 11:52:00.0,Mon Mar 5, 3:52 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above E,10° above E|2018-03-05 13:25:00.0,Mon Mar 5, 5:25 AM,3 min,76°,35° above W,30° above ENE|2018-03-06 12:35:00.0,Tue Mar 6, 4:35 AM,1 min,47°,47° above E,24° above ENE|2018-03-06 14:07:00.0,Tue Mar 6, 6:07 AM,5 min,46°,10° above W,25° above NE|2018-03-07 11:44:00.0,Wed Mar 7, 3:44 AM,< 1 min,14°,14° above ENE,14° above ENE|2018-03-07 13:17:00.0,Wed Mar 7, 5:17 AM,3 min,53°,32° above WNW,27° above NE|2018-03-08 12:26:00.0,Thu Mar 8, 4:26 AM,1 min,46°,46° above NE,24° above ENE|

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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