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Location: Birkenfeld, Germany

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Jul 22, 2016 through Sunday Aug 7, 2016

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Jul 23, 00:57 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above E 10° above E  
Sat Jul 23, 2:29 AM 4 min 68° 43° above WNW 10° above ENE  
Sat Jul 23, 4:03 AM 6 min 65° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Sun Jul 24, 1:38 AM 2 min 48° 48° above ENE 11° above ENE  
Sun Jul 24, 3:10 AM 6 min 58° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Sun Jul 24, 4:47 AM 6 min 68° 10° above WNW 10° above ESE  
Mon Jul 25, 00:46 AM 1 min 19° 19° above ENE 10° above ENE  
Mon Jul 25, 2:19 AM 5 min 58° 22° above WNW 10° above ENE  
Mon Jul 25, 3:54 AM 6 min 85° 10° above WNW 11° above ESE  
Mon Jul 25, 11:54 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above E 11° above E  
Tue Jul 26, 1:27 AM 4 min 65° 42° above WNW 10° above ENE  
Tue Jul 26, 3:01 AM 6 min 68° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Tue Jul 26, 4:38 AM 6 min 39° 10° above W 10° above SE  
Tue Jul 26, 10:56 PM 6 min 28° 10° above SSW 10° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 00:31 AM 6 min 79° 10° above WSW 11° above ENE  
Wed Jul 27, 2:08 AM 6 min 59° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 3:45 AM 6 min 61° 10° above WNW 10° above SE  
Wed Jul 27, 5:22 AM 3 min 13° 10° above WSW 10° above S  
Wed Jul 27, 10:03 PM 4 min 18° 10° above S 10° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 11:38 PM 6 min 76° 10° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Thu Jul 28, 1:15 AM 6 min 57° 10° above W 10° above E  
Thu Jul 28, 2:52 AM 6 min 87° 10° above WNW 11° above ESE  
Thu Jul 28, 4:28 AM 5 min 22° 11° above W 10° above SSE  
Thu Jul 28, 10:46 PM 6 min 50° 10° above SW 12° above ENE  
Fri Jul 29, 00:22 AM 6 min 62° 10° above W 16° above ENE  
Fri Jul 29, 1:59 AM 2 min 28° 10° above WNW 28° above WNW  
Fri Jul 29, 9:53 PM 6 min 32° 10° above SSW 11° above E  
Fri Jul 29, 11:29 PM 6 min 74° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Sat Jul 30, 1:06 AM 3 min 59° 10° above WNW 59° above NNW  
Sat Jul 30, 10:36 PM 6 min 83° 10° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Sun Jul 31, 00:13 AM 5 min 57° 10° above W 28° above ENE  
Sun Jul 31, 1:49 AM < 1 min 15° 10° above WNW 15° above WNW  
Sun Jul 31, 9:43 PM 6 min 57° 10° above SW 10° above ENE  
Sun Jul 31, 11:19 PM 6 min 60° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Mon Aug 1, 00:56 AM 2 min 35° 10° above WNW 35° above WNW  
Mon Aug 1, 10:26 PM 6 min 70° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Tue Aug 2, 00:03 AM 4 min 63° 10° above WNW 54° above NE  
Tue Aug 2, 1:40 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above WNW 10° above WNW  
Tue Aug 2, 9:39 PM 1 min 20° 20° above ENE 10° above ENE  
Tue Aug 2, 11:10 PM 6 min 58° 10° above WNW 15° above E  
Wed Aug 3, 00:47 AM 2 min 28° 10° above WNW 28° above WNW  
Wed Aug 3, 10:19 PM 5 min 59° 27° above WNW 10° above ENE  
Wed Aug 3, 11:53 PM 3 min 82° 10° above WNW 79° above ENE  
Thu Aug 4, 11:01 PM 4 min 66° 18° above WNW 23° above E  
Fri Aug 5, 00:37 AM 1 min 17° 10° above WNW 17° above W  
Fri Aug 5, 10:10 PM 4 min 58° 41° above NW 10° above E  
Fri Aug 5, 11:44 PM 3 min 53° 10° above WNW 53° above WSW  
2016-07-22 22:57:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 00:57 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above E,10° above E|2016-07-23 00:29:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 2:29 AM,4 min,68°,43° above WNW,10° above ENE|2016-07-23 02:03:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 4:03 AM,6 min,65°,10° above WNW,10° above E|2016-07-23 23:38:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 1:38 AM,2 min,48°,48° above ENE,11° above ENE|2016-07-24 01:10:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 3:10 AM,6 min,58°,10° above WNW,10° above E|2016-07-24 02:47:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 4:47 AM,6 min,68°,10° above WNW,10° above ESE|2016-07-24 22:46:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 00:46 AM,1 min,19°,19° above ENE,10° above ENE|2016-07-25 00:19:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 2:19 AM,5 min,58°,22° above WNW,10° above ENE|2016-07-25 01:54:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 3:54 AM,6 min,85°,10° above WNW,11° above ESE|2016-07-25 21:54:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 11:54 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above E,11° above E|2016-07-25 23:27:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 1:27 AM,4 min,65°,42° above WNW,10° above ENE|2016-07-26 01:01:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 3:01 AM,6 min,68°,10° above WNW,10° above E|2016-07-26 02:38:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 4:38 AM,6 min,39°,10° above W,10° above SE|2016-07-26 20:56:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 10:56 PM,6 min,28°,10° above SSW,10° above E|2016-07-26 22:31:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 00:31 AM,6 min,79°,10° above WSW,11° above ENE|2016-07-27 00:08:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 2:08 AM,6 min,59°,10° above WNW,10° above E|2016-07-27 01:45:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 3:45 AM,6 min,61°,10° above WNW,10° above SE|2016-07-27 03:22:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 5:22 AM,3 min,13°,10° above WSW,10° above S|2016-07-27 20:03:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 10:03 PM,4 min,18°,10° above S,10° above E|2016-07-27 21:38:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 11:38 PM,6 min,76°,10° above WSW,10° above ENE|2016-07-27 23:15:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 1:15 AM,6 min,57°,10° above W,10° above E|2016-07-28 00:52:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 2:52 AM,6 min,87°,10° above WNW,11° above ESE|2016-07-28 02:28:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 4:28 AM,5 min,22°,11° above W,10° above SSE|2016-07-28 20:46:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 10:46 PM,6 min,50°,10° above SW,12° above ENE|2016-07-28 22:22:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 00:22 AM,6 min,62°,10° above W,16° above ENE|2016-07-28 23:59:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 1:59 AM,2 min,28°,10° above WNW,28° above WNW|2016-07-29 19:53:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 9:53 PM,6 min,32°,10° above SSW,11° above E|2016-07-29 21:29:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 11:29 PM,6 min,74°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2016-07-29 23:06:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 1:06 AM,3 min,59°,10° above WNW,59° above NNW|2016-07-30 20:36:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 10:36 PM,6 min,83°,10° above WSW,10° above ENE|2016-07-30 22:13:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 00:13 AM,5 min,57°,10° above W,28° above ENE|2016-07-30 23:49:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 1:49 AM,< 1 min,15°,10° above WNW,15° above WNW|2016-07-31 19:43:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 9:43 PM,6 min,57°,10° above SW,10° above ENE|2016-07-31 21:19:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 11:19 PM,6 min,60°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2016-07-31 22:56:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 00:56 AM,2 min,35°,10° above WNW,35° above WNW|2016-08-01 20:26:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 10:26 PM,6 min,70°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2016-08-01 22:03:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 00:03 AM,4 min,63°,10° above WNW,54° above NE|2016-08-01 23:40:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 1:40 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above WNW,10° above WNW|2016-08-02 19:39:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 9:39 PM,1 min,20°,20° above ENE,10° above ENE|2016-08-02 21:10:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 11:10 PM,6 min,58°,10° above WNW,15° above E|2016-08-02 22:47:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 00:47 AM,2 min,28°,10° above WNW,28° above WNW|2016-08-03 20:19:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 10:19 PM,5 min,59°,27° above WNW,10° above ENE|2016-08-03 21:53:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 11:53 PM,3 min,82°,10° above WNW,79° above ENE|2016-08-04 21:01:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 11:01 PM,4 min,66°,18° above WNW,23° above E|2016-08-04 22:37:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 00:37 AM,1 min,17°,10° above WNW,17° above W|2016-08-05 20:10:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 10:10 PM,4 min,58°,41° above NW,10° above E|2016-08-05 21:44:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 11:44 PM,3 min,53°,10° above WNW,53° above WSW|

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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

Visit the JSC Flickr photo gallery of ISS sightings

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