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Location: Erkelenz, 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, 00:56 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above E 10° above E  
Sat Jul 23, 2:29 AM 4 min 87° 45° above WSW 11° above E  
Sat Jul 23, 4:03 AM 6 min 85° 10° above W 11° above E  
Sun Jul 24, 1:38 AM 2 min 45° 45° above E 10° above E  
Sun Jul 24, 3:10 AM 6 min 78° 10° above W 11° above E  
Sun Jul 24, 4:47 AM 6 min 53° 10° above W 10° above SE  
Mon Jul 25, 00:46 AM < 1 min 17° 17° above E 12° above E  
Mon Jul 25, 2:19 AM 5 min 79° 23° above W 11° above E  
Mon Jul 25, 3:54 AM 6 min 74° 10° above W 10° above ESE  
Tue Jul 26, 1:27 AM 4 min 87° 45° above W 11° above E  
Tue Jul 26, 3:01 AM 6 min 88° 10° above W 11° above E  
Tue Jul 26, 4:38 AM 5 min 32° 11° above W 11° above SE  
Tue Jul 26, 10:56 PM 5 min 22° 11° above SSW 11° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 00:31 AM 6 min 75° 10° above WSW 10° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 2:08 AM 6 min 80° 10° above W 11° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 3:44 AM 6 min 48° 10° above W 12° above SE  
Wed Jul 27, 10:04 PM 3 min 14° 10° above S 10° above ESE  
Wed Jul 27, 11:39 PM 6 min 54° 10° above WSW 10° above E  
Thu Jul 28, 1:15 AM 6 min 78° 10° above W 11° above E  
Thu Jul 28, 2:51 AM 6 min 68° 10° above W 10° above ESE  
Thu Jul 28, 4:28 AM 5 min 19° 10° above W 10° above S  
Thu Jul 28, 10:46 PM 6 min 37° 10° above SW 10° above E  
Fri Jul 29, 00:22 AM 6 min 85° 10° above W 13° above E  
Fri Jul 29, 1:58 AM 2 min 35° 10° above W 35° above W  
Fri Jul 29, 9:55 PM 3 min 25° 22° above S 10° above E  
Fri Jul 29, 11:29 PM 6 min 79° 10° above WSW 10° above E  
Sat Jul 30, 1:05 AM 3 min 81° 10° above W 79° above NE  
Sat Jul 30, 10:36 PM 6 min 60° 10° above WSW 10° above E  
Sun Jul 31, 00:12 AM 5 min 78° 10° above W 30° above E  
Sun Jul 31, 1:49 AM < 1 min 15° 10° above W 15° above W  
Sun Jul 31, 11:19 PM 6 min 82° 10° above W 11° above E  
Mon Aug 1, 00:56 AM 2 min 44° 10° above W 44° above W  
Mon Aug 1, 10:26 PM 6 min 84° 10° above WSW 11° above E  
Tue Aug 2, 00:03 AM 4 min 84° 10° above W 49° above E  
Tue Aug 2, 1:39 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above W 10° above W  
Tue Aug 2, 11:10 PM 6 min 78° 10° above W 16° above E  
Wed Aug 3, 00:46 AM 2 min 27° 10° above W 27° above W  
Wed Aug 3, 10:17 PM 6 min 80° 10° above W 11° above E  
Wed Aug 3, 11:53 PM 4 min 77° 10° above W 61° above SE  
Thu Aug 4, 11:00 PM 5 min 86° 10° above W 20° above E  
Fri Aug 5, 00:37 AM 1 min 20° 12° above W 20° above W  
Fri Aug 5, 10:09 PM 5 min 79° 28° above W 11° above E  
Fri Aug 5, 11:44 PM 3 min 51° 10° above W 51° above SW  
2016-07-22 22:56:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 00:56 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,87°,45° above WSW,11° above E|2016-07-23 02:03:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 4:03 AM,6 min,85°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-23 23:38:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 1:38 AM,2 min,45°,45° above E,10° above E|2016-07-24 01:10:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 3:10 AM,6 min,78°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-24 02:47:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 4:47 AM,6 min,53°,10° above W,10° above SE|2016-07-24 22:46:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 00:46 AM,< 1 min,17°,17° above E,12° above E|2016-07-25 00:19:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 2:19 AM,5 min,79°,23° above W,11° above E|2016-07-25 01:54:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 3:54 AM,6 min,74°,10° above W,10° above ESE|2016-07-25 23:27:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 1:27 AM,4 min,87°,45° above W,11° above E|2016-07-26 01:01:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 3:01 AM,6 min,88°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-26 02:38:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 4:38 AM,5 min,32°,11° above W,11° above SE|2016-07-26 20:56:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 10:56 PM,5 min,22°,11° above SSW,11° above E|2016-07-26 22:31:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 00:31 AM,6 min,75°,10° above WSW,10° above E|2016-07-27 00:08:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 2:08 AM,6 min,80°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-27 01:44:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 3:44 AM,6 min,48°,10° above W,12° above SE|2016-07-27 20:04:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 10:04 PM,3 min,14°,10° above S,10° above ESE|2016-07-27 21:39:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 11:39 PM,6 min,54°,10° above WSW,10° above E|2016-07-27 23:15:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 1:15 AM,6 min,78°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-28 00:51:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 2:51 AM,6 min,68°,10° above W,10° above ESE|2016-07-28 02:28:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 4:28 AM,5 min,19°,10° above W,10° above S|2016-07-28 20:46:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 10:46 PM,6 min,37°,10° above SW,10° above E|2016-07-28 22:22:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 00:22 AM,6 min,85°,10° above W,13° above E|2016-07-28 23:58:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 1:58 AM,2 min,35°,10° above W,35° above W|2016-07-29 19:55:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 9:55 PM,3 min,25°,22° above S,10° above E|2016-07-29 21:29:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 11:29 PM,6 min,79°,10° above WSW,10° above E|2016-07-29 23:05:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 1:05 AM,3 min,81°,10° above W,79° above NE|2016-07-30 20:36:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 10:36 PM,6 min,60°,10° above WSW,10° above E|2016-07-30 22:12:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 00:12 AM,5 min,78°,10° above W,30° above E|2016-07-30 23:49:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 1:49 AM,< 1 min,15°,10° above W,15° above W|2016-07-31 21:19:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 11:19 PM,6 min,82°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-31 22:56:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 00:56 AM,2 min,44°,10° above W,44° above W|2016-08-01 20:26:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 10:26 PM,6 min,84°,10° above WSW,11° above E|2016-08-01 22:03:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 00:03 AM,4 min,84°,10° above W,49° above E|2016-08-01 23:39:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 1:39 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above W,10° above W|2016-08-02 21:10:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 11:10 PM,6 min,78°,10° above W,16° above E|2016-08-02 22:46:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 00:46 AM,2 min,27°,10° above W,27° above W|2016-08-03 20:17:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 10:17 PM,6 min,80°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-08-03 21:53:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 11:53 PM,4 min,77°,10° above W,61° above SE|2016-08-04 21:00:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 11:00 PM,5 min,86°,10° above W,20° above E|2016-08-04 22:37:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 00:37 AM,1 min,20°,12° above W,20° above W|2016-08-05 20:09:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 10:09 PM,5 min,79°,28° above W,11° above E|2016-08-05 21:44:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 11:44 PM,3 min,51°,10° above W,51° above SW|

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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