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Location: Flensburg, Germany

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Dec 7, 2018 through Sunday Dec 23, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Dec 7, 4:55 PM 4 min 48° 37° above SW 12° above ESE  
Fri Dec 7, 6:30 PM 2 min 30° 22° above WSW 29° above S  
Sat Dec 8, 5:39 PM 3 min 37° 32° above SW 13° above SE  
Sat Dec 8, 7:14 PM < 1 min 14° 12° above WSW 14° above SW  
Sun Dec 9, 4:47 PM 3 min 44° 40° above SW 11° above ESE  
Sun Dec 9, 6:23 PM 2 min 20° 19° above SW 14° above S  
Mon Dec 10, 5:31 PM 3 min 27° 25° above SW 10° above SE  
Tue Dec 11, 4:39 PM 3 min 35° 33° above SSW 10° above SE  
Tue Dec 11, 6:15 PM 2 min 13° 13° above SW 10° above S  
Wed Dec 12, 5:24 PM 2 min 18° 18° above SSW 11° above SSE  
Thu Dec 13, 4:32 PM 2 min 25° 25° above SSW 11° above SSE  
Fri Dec 14, 5:16 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above SSW  

The following DRAGON sightings are possible from Friday Dec 7, 2018 through Sunday Dec 23, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Dec 8, 5:39 PM 3 min 37° 32° above SW 13° above SE  
Sat Dec 8, 7:14 PM < 1 min 14° 12° above WSW 14° above SW  
2018-12-07 15:55:00.0,Fri Dec 7, 4:55 PM,4 min,48°,37° above SW,12° above ESE|2018-12-07 17:30:00.0,Fri Dec 7, 6:30 PM,2 min,30°,22° above WSW,29° above S|2018-12-08 16:39:00.0,Sat Dec 8, 5:39 PM,3 min,37°,32° above SW,13° above SE|2018-12-08 18:14:00.0,Sat Dec 8, 7:14 PM,< 1 min,14°,12° above WSW,14° above SW|2018-12-09 15:47:00.0,Sun Dec 9, 4:47 PM,3 min,44°,40° above SW,11° above ESE|2018-12-09 17:23:00.0,Sun Dec 9, 6:23 PM,2 min,20°,19° above SW,14° above S|2018-12-10 16:31:00.0,Mon Dec 10, 5:31 PM,3 min,27°,25° above SW,10° above SE|2018-12-11 15:39:00.0,Tue Dec 11, 4:39 PM,3 min,35°,33° above SSW,10° above SE|2018-12-11 17:15:00.0,Tue Dec 11, 6:15 PM,2 min,13°,13° above SW,10° above S|2018-12-12 16:24:00.0,Wed Dec 12, 5:24 PM,2 min,18°,18° above SSW,11° above SSE|2018-12-13 15:32:00.0,Thu Dec 13, 4:32 PM,2 min,25°,25° above SSW,11° above SSE|2018-12-14 16:16:00.0,Fri Dec 14, 5:16 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSW,10° above SSW|

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