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The following ISS sightings are possible from Thursday Apr 19, 2018 through Sunday May 6, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Apr 30, 6:09 AM 3 min 14° 11° above SSE 11° above ESE  
Wed May 2, 6:00 AM 3 min 36° 15° above SSW 27° above E  
Thu May 3, 5:10 AM 2 min 18° 18° above SE 10° above E  
Thu May 3, 6:43 AM 1 min 21° 10° above WSW 21° above W  
Fri May 4, 5:53 AM 3 min 81° 29° above WSW 36° above NE  
Sat May 5, 5:02 AM 2 min 44° 44° above ESE 19° above ENE  
Sat May 5, 6:36 AM 4 min 22° 10° above WNW 14° above NNE  
Sun May 6, 4:12 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above E 10° above ENE  
2018-04-30 04:09:00.0,Mon Apr 30, 6:09 AM,3 min,14°,11° above SSE,11° above ESE|2018-05-02 04:00:00.0,Wed May 2, 6:00 AM,3 min,36°,15° above SSW,27° above E|2018-05-03 03:10:00.0,Thu May 3, 5:10 AM,2 min,18°,18° above SE,10° above E|2018-05-03 04:43:00.0,Thu May 3, 6:43 AM,1 min,21°,10° above WSW,21° above W|2018-05-04 03:53:00.0,Fri May 4, 5:53 AM,3 min,81°,29° above WSW,36° above NE|2018-05-05 03:02:00.0,Sat May 5, 5:02 AM,2 min,44°,44° above ESE,19° above ENE|2018-05-05 04:36:00.0,Sat May 5, 6:36 AM,4 min,22°,10° above WNW,14° above NNE|2018-05-06 02:12:00.0,Sun May 6, 4:12 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above E,10° above ENE|

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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

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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