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Location: Cottbus, 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 22° 22° above E 11° above E  
Sat Jul 23, 2:29 AM 5 min 88° 19° above W 11° above E  
Sat Jul 23, 4:04 AM 6 min 67° 10° above W 10° above ESE  
Sun Jul 24, 00:05 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above E 10° above E  
Sun Jul 24, 1:38 AM 4 min 78° 57° above WSW 10° above E  
Sun Jul 24, 3:12 AM 6 min 81° 10° above W 11° above ESE  
Mon Jul 25, 00:46 AM 2 min 43° 43° above ESE 10° above E  
Mon Jul 25, 2:19 AM 6 min 87° 10° above W 11° above E  
Mon Jul 25, 3:55 AM 6 min 45° 10° above W 11° above SE  
Mon Jul 25, 11:54 PM 1 min 24° 24° above E 11° above E  
Tue Jul 26, 1:27 AM 5 min 88° 19° above W 11° above E  
Tue Jul 26, 3:02 AM 6 min 62° 10° above W 10° above ESE  
Tue Jul 26, 4:39 AM 5 min 19° 10° above W 10° above SSE  
Tue Jul 26, 10:57 PM 6 min 31° 10° above SW 11° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 00:33 AM 6 min 81° 10° above WSW 11° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 2:09 AM 6 min 78° 10° above W 11° above ESE  
Wed Jul 27, 3:46 AM 5 min 28° 11° above W 10° above SSE  
Wed Jul 27, 10:05 PM 5 min 21° 11° above SSW 10° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 11:40 PM 6 min 67° 10° above WSW 10° above E  
Thu Jul 28, 1:16 AM 6 min 87° 10° above W 11° above E  
Thu Jul 28, 2:53 AM 6 min 41° 10° above W 11° above SE  
Thu Jul 28, 4:31 AM 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SSW  
Thu Jul 28, 10:47 PM 6 min 50° 10° above SW 12° above E  
Fri Jul 29, 00:23 AM 5 min 89° 10° above W 30° above E  
Fri Jul 29, 2:00 AM < 1 min 15° 10° above W 15° above W  
Fri Jul 29, 9:54 PM 6 min 35° 10° above SW 10° above E  
Fri Jul 29, 11:30 PM 6 min 84° 10° above W 16° above E  
Sat Jul 30, 1:07 AM 2 min 35° 10° above W 35° above W  
Sat Jul 30, 10:37 PM 6 min 71° 10° above WSW 10° above E  
Sun Jul 31, 00:14 AM 3 min 86° 10° above W 82° above SE  
Sun Jul 31, 9:44 PM 6 min 54° 10° above WSW 10° above E  
Sun Jul 31, 11:21 PM 5 min 87° 10° above W 24° above E  
Mon Aug 1, 00:57 AM 1 min 18° 10° above W 18° above W  
Mon Aug 1, 10:28 PM 6 min 86° 10° above W 11° above E  
Tue Aug 2, 00:04 AM 3 min 55° 10° above W 55° above WSW  
Tue Aug 2, 9:35 PM 6 min 75° 10° above WSW 10° above E  
Tue Aug 2, 11:11 PM 4 min 83° 10° above W 38° above ESE  
Wed Aug 3, 00:48 AM < 1 min 14° 12° above W 14° above W  
Wed Aug 3, 10:18 PM 6 min 87° 10° above W 13° above E  
Wed Aug 3, 11:55 PM 2 min 37° 10° above W 37° above WSW  
Thu Aug 4, 9:25 PM 6 min 88° 10° above W 11° above E  
Thu Aug 4, 11:02 PM 4 min 65° 10° above W 44° above SE  
Fri Aug 5, 10:08 PM 6 min 80° 10° above W 16° above ESE  
Fri Aug 5, 11:45 PM 1 min 22° 11° above W 22° above WSW  
2016-07-22 22:57:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 00:57 AM,1 min,22°,22° above E,11° above E|2016-07-23 00:29:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 2:29 AM,5 min,88°,19° above W,11° above E|2016-07-23 02:04:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 4:04 AM,6 min,67°,10° above W,10° above ESE|2016-07-23 22:05:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 00:05 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above E,10° above E|2016-07-23 23:38:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 1:38 AM,4 min,78°,57° above WSW,10° above E|2016-07-24 01:12:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 3:12 AM,6 min,81°,10° above W,11° above ESE|2016-07-24 22:46:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 00:46 AM,2 min,43°,43° above ESE,10° above E|2016-07-25 00:19:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 2:19 AM,6 min,87°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-25 01:55:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 3:55 AM,6 min,45°,10° above W,11° above SE|2016-07-25 21:54:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 11:54 PM,1 min,24°,24° above E,11° above E|2016-07-25 23:27:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 1:27 AM,5 min,88°,19° above W,11° above E|2016-07-26 01:02:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 3:02 AM,6 min,62°,10° above W,10° above ESE|2016-07-26 02:39:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 4:39 AM,5 min,19°,10° above W,10° above SSE|2016-07-26 20:57:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 10:57 PM,6 min,31°,10° above SW,11° above E|2016-07-26 22:33:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 00:33 AM,6 min,81°,10° above WSW,11° above E|2016-07-27 00:09:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 2:09 AM,6 min,78°,10° above W,11° above ESE|2016-07-27 01:46:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 3:46 AM,5 min,28°,11° above W,10° above SSE|2016-07-27 20:05:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 10:05 PM,5 min,21°,11° above SSW,10° above E|2016-07-27 21:40:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 11:40 PM,6 min,67°,10° above WSW,10° above E|2016-07-27 23:16:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 1:16 AM,6 min,87°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-28 00:53:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 2:53 AM,6 min,41°,10° above W,11° above SE|2016-07-28 02:31:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 4:31 AM,1 min,10°,10° above SW,10° above SSW|2016-07-28 20:47:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 10:47 PM,6 min,50°,10° above SW,12° above E|2016-07-28 22:23:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 00:23 AM,5 min,89°,10° above W,30° above E|2016-07-29 00:00:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 2:00 AM,< 1 min,15°,10° above W,15° above W|2016-07-29 19:54:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 9:54 PM,6 min,35°,10° above SW,10° above E|2016-07-29 21:30:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 11:30 PM,6 min,84°,10° above W,16° above E|2016-07-29 23:07:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 1:07 AM,2 min,35°,10° above W,35° above W|2016-07-30 20:37:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 10:37 PM,6 min,71°,10° above WSW,10° above E|2016-07-30 22:14:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 00:14 AM,3 min,86°,10° above W,82° above SE|2016-07-31 19:44:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 9:44 PM,6 min,54°,10° above WSW,10° above E|2016-07-31 21:21:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 11:21 PM,5 min,87°,10° above W,24° above E|2016-07-31 22:57:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 00:57 AM,1 min,18°,10° above W,18° above W|2016-08-01 20:28:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 10:28 PM,6 min,86°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-08-01 22:04:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 00:04 AM,3 min,55°,10° above W,55° above WSW|2016-08-02 19:35:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 9:35 PM,6 min,75°,10° above WSW,10° above E|2016-08-02 21:11:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 11:11 PM,4 min,83°,10° above W,38° above ESE|2016-08-02 22:48:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 00:48 AM,< 1 min,14°,12° above W,14° above W|2016-08-03 20:18:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 10:18 PM,6 min,87°,10° above W,13° above E|2016-08-03 21:55:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 11:55 PM,2 min,37°,10° above W,37° above WSW|2016-08-04 19:25:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 9:25 PM,6 min,88°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-08-04 21:02:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 11:02 PM,4 min,65°,10° above W,44° above SE|2016-08-05 20:08:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 10:08 PM,6 min,80°,10° above W,16° above ESE|2016-08-05 21:45:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 11:45 PM,1 min,22°,11° above W,22° 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