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Location: Leeuwarden, Netherlands

The following ISS sightings are possible from Saturday Jan 19, 2019 through Sunday Feb 3, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Jan 24, 7:23 PM 1 min 19° 11° above SSW 19° above S  
Fri Jan 25, 6:32 PM 3 min 15° 10° above S 15° above SE  
Fri Jan 25, 8:07 PM < 1 min 15° 10° above WSW 15° above SW  
Sat Jan 26, 5:43 PM 1 min 10° 10° above SSE 10° above SE  
Sat Jan 26, 7:16 PM 3 min 34° 10° above SW 34° above S  
Sun Jan 27, 6:25 PM 4 min 26° 11° above SSW 16° above ESE  
Sun Jan 27, 8:01 PM < 1 min 22° 15° above WSW 22° above WSW  
Mon Jan 28, 7:11 PM 2 min 51° 22° above SW 51° above SSE  
Tue Jan 29, 6:20 PM 4 min 40° 21° above SW 16° above E  
Tue Jan 29, 7:56 PM < 1 min 34° 22° above WSW 34° above WSW  
Wed Jan 30, 7:05 PM 2 min 64° 27° above WSW 46° above ESE  
Thu Jan 31, 6:14 PM 4 min 56° 33° above SW 13° above E  
Thu Jan 31, 7:50 PM 1 min 41° 22° above W 41° above WSW  
Fri Feb 1, 6:59 PM 2 min 67° 34° above WSW 37° above ESE  
Fri Feb 1, 8:34 PM < 1 min 14° 14° above W 14° above W  
Sat Feb 2, 6:08 PM 4 min 66° 42° above WSW 11° above E  
Sat Feb 2, 7:44 PM 1 min 47° 25° above WSW 47° above SSW  
2019-01-24 18:23:00.0,Thu Jan 24, 7:23 PM,1 min,19°,11° above SSW,19° above S|2019-01-25 17:32:00.0,Fri Jan 25, 6:32 PM,3 min,15°,10° above S,15° above SE|2019-01-25 19:07:00.0,Fri Jan 25, 8:07 PM,< 1 min,15°,10° above WSW,15° above SW|2019-01-26 16:43:00.0,Sat Jan 26, 5:43 PM,1 min,10°,10° above SSE,10° above SE|2019-01-26 18:16:00.0,Sat Jan 26, 7:16 PM,3 min,34°,10° above SW,34° above S|2019-01-27 17:25:00.0,Sun Jan 27, 6:25 PM,4 min,26°,11° above SSW,16° above ESE|2019-01-27 19:01:00.0,Sun Jan 27, 8:01 PM,< 1 min,22°,15° above WSW,22° above WSW|2019-01-28 18:11:00.0,Mon Jan 28, 7:11 PM,2 min,51°,22° above SW,51° above SSE|2019-01-29 17:20:00.0,Tue Jan 29, 6:20 PM,4 min,40°,21° above SW,16° above E|2019-01-29 18:56:00.0,Tue Jan 29, 7:56 PM,< 1 min,34°,22° above WSW,34° above WSW|2019-01-30 18:05:00.0,Wed Jan 30, 7:05 PM,2 min,64°,27° above WSW,46° above ESE|2019-01-31 17:14:00.0,Thu Jan 31, 6:14 PM,4 min,56°,33° above SW,13° above E|2019-01-31 18:50:00.0,Thu Jan 31, 7:50 PM,1 min,41°,22° above W,41° above WSW|2019-02-01 17:59:00.0,Fri Feb 1, 6:59 PM,2 min,67°,34° above WSW,37° above ESE|2019-02-01 19:34:00.0,Fri Feb 1, 8:34 PM,< 1 min,14°,14° above W,14° above W|2019-02-02 17:08:00.0,Sat Feb 2, 6:08 PM,4 min,66°,42° above WSW,11° above E|2019-02-02 18:44:00.0,Sat Feb 2, 7:44 PM,1 min,47°,25° above WSW,47° 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