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Location: Columbus Control Center Oberpfaffenhofen, 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 15° 15° above ENE 10° above ENE  
Sat Jul 23, 2:29 AM 4 min 44° 25° above WNW 12° above ENE  
Sat Jul 23, 4:04 AM 6 min 52° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Sun Jul 24, 1:38 AM 3 min 52° 52° above N 10° above ENE  
Sun Jul 24, 3:11 AM 6 min 44° 10° above WNW 11° above E  
Sun Jul 24, 4:48 AM 6 min 73° 10° above WNW 10° above ESE  
Mon Jul 25, 00:46 AM 2 min 29° 29° above ENE 10° above ENE  
Mon Jul 25, 2:19 AM 5 min 41° 14° above WNW 11° above ENE  
Mon Jul 25, 3:55 AM 6 min 75° 10° above WNW 11° above ESE  
Mon Jul 25, 11:54 PM < 1 min 16° 16° above ENE 10° above ENE  
Tue Jul 26, 1:27 AM 4 min 43° 25° above WNW 11° above ENE  
Tue Jul 26, 3:02 AM 6 min 55° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Tue Jul 26, 4:38 AM 6 min 38° 10° above WNW 10° above SE  
Tue Jul 26, 10:56 PM 6 min 48° 10° above SW 11° above ENE  
Wed Jul 27, 00:32 AM 6 min 50° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Wed Jul 27, 2:09 AM 6 min 45° 10° above WNW 12° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 3:45 AM 6 min 64° 10° above WNW 10° above SE  
Wed Jul 27, 10:03 PM 6 min 29° 10° above SSW 10° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 11:39 PM 6 min 65° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Thu Jul 28, 1:16 AM 6 min 42° 10° above WNW 11° above ENE  
Thu Jul 28, 2:52 AM 6 min 83° 10° above WNW 11° above ESE  
Thu Jul 28, 4:29 AM 5 min 20° 10° above W 11° above S  
Thu Jul 28, 10:46 PM 6 min 86° 10° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Fri Jul 29, 00:23 AM 5 min 42° 10° above WNW 20° above ENE  
Fri Jul 29, 1:59 AM 1 min 18° 10° above WNW 18° above WNW  
Fri Jul 29, 9:53 PM 6 min 55° 10° above SW 10° above ENE  
Fri Jul 29, 11:30 PM 6 min 48° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Sat Jul 30, 1:06 AM 2 min 31° 10° above WNW 31° above NW  
Sat Jul 30, 10:37 PM 6 min 60° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Sun Jul 31, 00:13 AM 4 min 42° 10° above WNW 38° above NNE  
Sun Jul 31, 9:43 PM 6 min 84° 10° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Sun Jul 31, 11:20 PM 5 min 42° 10° above WNW 16° above ENE  
Mon Aug 1, 00:57 AM 1 min 22° 10° above WNW 22° above WNW  
Mon Aug 1, 10:27 PM 6 min 46° 10° above W 12° above ENE  
Tue Aug 2, 00:04 AM 3 min 49° 10° above WNW 49° above N  
Tue Aug 2, 9:36 PM 5 min 56° 27° above W 10° above ENE  
Tue Aug 2, 11:11 PM 5 min 43° 10° above WNW 24° above ENE  
Wed Aug 3, 00:47 AM < 1 min 15° 10° above WNW 15° above WNW  
Wed Aug 3, 10:20 PM 4 min 41° 34° above NW 11° above ENE  
Wed Aug 3, 11:54 PM 2 min 43° 10° above WNW 43° above NW  
Thu Aug 4, 9:27 PM 3 min 44° 40° above NW 11° above ENE  
Thu Aug 4, 11:03 PM 3 min 53° 22° above WNW 39° above ENE  
Fri Aug 5, 00:38 AM < 1 min 12° 10° above WNW 12° above WNW  
Fri Aug 5, 10:11 PM 4 min 44° 35° above NW 11° above E  
Fri Aug 5, 11:45 PM 2 min 34° 10° above WNW 34° above WNW  
2016-07-22 22:57:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 00:57 AM,< 1 min,15°,15° above ENE,10° above ENE|2016-07-23 00:29:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 2:29 AM,4 min,44°,25° above WNW,12° above ENE|2016-07-23 02:04:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 4:04 AM,6 min,52°,10° above WNW,10° above E|2016-07-23 23:38:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 1:38 AM,3 min,52°,52° above N,10° above ENE|2016-07-24 01:11:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 3:11 AM,6 min,44°,10° above WNW,11° above E|2016-07-24 02:48:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 4:48 AM,6 min,73°,10° above WNW,10° above ESE|2016-07-24 22:46:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 00:46 AM,2 min,29°,29° above ENE,10° above ENE|2016-07-25 00:19:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 2:19 AM,5 min,41°,14° above WNW,11° above ENE|2016-07-25 01:55:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 3:55 AM,6 min,75°,10° above WNW,11° above ESE|2016-07-25 21:54:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 11:54 PM,< 1 min,16°,16° above ENE,10° above ENE|2016-07-25 23:27:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 1:27 AM,4 min,43°,25° above WNW,11° above ENE|2016-07-26 01:02:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 3:02 AM,6 min,55°,10° above WNW,10° above E|2016-07-26 02:38:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 4:38 AM,6 min,38°,10° above WNW,10° above SE|2016-07-26 20:56:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 10:56 PM,6 min,48°,10° above SW,11° above ENE|2016-07-26 22:32:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 00:32 AM,6 min,50°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2016-07-27 00:09:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 2:09 AM,6 min,45°,10° above WNW,12° above E|2016-07-27 01:45:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 3:45 AM,6 min,64°,10° above WNW,10° above SE|2016-07-27 20:03:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 10:03 PM,6 min,29°,10° above SSW,10° above E|2016-07-27 21:39:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 11:39 PM,6 min,65°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2016-07-27 23:16:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 1:16 AM,6 min,42°,10° above WNW,11° above ENE|2016-07-28 00:52:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 2:52 AM,6 min,83°,10° above WNW,11° above ESE|2016-07-28 02:29:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 4:29 AM,5 min,20°,10° above W,11° above S|2016-07-28 20:46:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 10:46 PM,6 min,86°,10° above WSW,10° above ENE|2016-07-28 22:23:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 00:23 AM,5 min,42°,10° above WNW,20° above ENE|2016-07-28 23:59:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 1:59 AM,1 min,18°,10° above WNW,18° above WNW|2016-07-29 19:53:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 9:53 PM,6 min,55°,10° above SW,10° above ENE|2016-07-29 21:30:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 11:30 PM,6 min,48°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2016-07-29 23:06:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 1:06 AM,2 min,31°,10° above WNW,31° above NW|2016-07-30 20:37:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 10:37 PM,6 min,60°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2016-07-30 22:13:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 00:13 AM,4 min,42°,10° above WNW,38° above NNE|2016-07-31 19:43:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 9:43 PM,6 min,84°,10° above WSW,10° above ENE|2016-07-31 21:20:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 11:20 PM,5 min,42°,10° above WNW,16° above ENE|2016-07-31 22:57:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 00:57 AM,1 min,22°,10° above WNW,22° above WNW|2016-08-01 20:27:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 10:27 PM,6 min,46°,10° above W,12° above ENE|2016-08-01 22:04:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 00:04 AM,3 min,49°,10° above WNW,49° above N|2016-08-02 19:36:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 9:36 PM,5 min,56°,27° above W,10° above ENE|2016-08-02 21:11:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 11:11 PM,5 min,43°,10° above WNW,24° above ENE|2016-08-02 22:47:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 00:47 AM,< 1 min,15°,10° above WNW,15° above WNW|2016-08-03 20:20:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 10:20 PM,4 min,41°,34° above NW,11° above ENE|2016-08-03 21:54:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 11:54 PM,2 min,43°,10° above WNW,43° above NW|2016-08-04 19:27:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 9:27 PM,3 min,44°,40° above NW,11° above ENE|2016-08-04 21:03:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 11:03 PM,3 min,53°,22° above WNW,39° above ENE|2016-08-04 22:38:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 00:38 AM,< 1 min,12°,10° above WNW,12° above WNW|2016-08-05 20:11:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 10:11 PM,4 min,44°,35° above NW,11° above E|2016-08-05 21:45:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 11:45 PM,2 min,34°,10° above WNW,34° above WNW|

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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