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Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Oct 19, 2018 through Saturday Nov 3, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Oct 26, 7:22 AM 3 min 28° 10° above SSW 28° above SE  
Sat Oct 27, 6:31 AM 2 min 18° 10° above S 17° above SE  
Sun Oct 28, 5:41 AM 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above ESE  
Sun Oct 28, 7:14 AM 4 min 55° 10° above SW 40° above E  
Mon Oct 29, 6:23 AM 3 min 34° 14° above SSW 30° above ESE  
Tue Oct 30, 5:33 AM 1 min 21° 21° above SE 16° above ESE  
Tue Oct 30, 7:06 AM 5 min 83° 10° above WSW 24° above ENE  
Wed Oct 31, 6:17 AM 2 min 66° 43° above SW 29° above E  
Thu Nov 1, 5:27 AM < 1 min 27° 27° above E 22° above E  
Thu Nov 1, 7:00 AM 5 min 56° 15° above W 19° above ENE  
Fri Nov 2, 6:10 AM 2 min 74° 69° above WNW 20° above ENE  
Sat Nov 3, 5:20 AM < 1 min 20° 20° above ENE 16° above ENE  
2018-10-26 14:22:00.0,Fri Oct 26, 7:22 AM,3 min,28°,10° above SSW,28° above SE|2018-10-27 13:31:00.0,Sat Oct 27, 6:31 AM,2 min,18°,10° above S,17° above SE|2018-10-28 12:41:00.0,Sun Oct 28, 5:41 AM,1 min,10°,10° above SE,10° above ESE|2018-10-28 14:14:00.0,Sun Oct 28, 7:14 AM,4 min,55°,10° above SW,40° above E|2018-10-29 13:23:00.0,Mon Oct 29, 6:23 AM,3 min,34°,14° above SSW,30° above ESE|2018-10-30 12:33:00.0,Tue Oct 30, 5:33 AM,1 min,21°,21° above SE,16° above ESE|2018-10-30 14:06:00.0,Tue Oct 30, 7:06 AM,5 min,83°,10° above WSW,24° above ENE|2018-10-31 13:17:00.0,Wed Oct 31, 6:17 AM,2 min,66°,43° above SW,29° above E|2018-11-01 12:27:00.0,Thu Nov 1, 5:27 AM,< 1 min,27°,27° above E,22° above E|2018-11-01 14:00:00.0,Thu Nov 1, 7:00 AM,5 min,56°,15° above W,19° above ENE|2018-11-02 13:10:00.0,Fri Nov 2, 6:10 AM,2 min,74°,69° above WNW,20° above ENE|2018-11-03 12:20:00.0,Sat Nov 3, 5:20 AM,< 1 min,20°,20° above ENE,16° above ENE|

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