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Location: Zurich, Switzerland

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

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Jan 22, 7:28 PM 1 min 17° 10° above SSW 17° above SSW  
Wed Jan 23, 6:38 PM 2 min 20° 11° above S 20° above SE  
Wed Jan 23, 8:13 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above WSW 10° above WSW  
Thu Jan 24, 5:48 PM 2 min 12° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Thu Jan 24, 7:22 PM 2 min 43° 12° above SW 43° above SW  
Fri Jan 25, 6:31 PM 4 min 42° 12° above SW 27° above E  
Sat Jan 26, 5:43 PM 2 min 24° 24° above ESE 11° above E  
Sat Jan 26, 7:17 PM 1 min 63° 27° above W 63° above NW  
Sun Jan 27, 6:26 PM 3 min 83° 35° above WSW 20° above ENE  
Sun Jan 27, 8:02 PM < 1 min 17° 17° above WNW 17° above WNW  
Mon Jan 28, 7:11 PM 2 min 45° 25° above WNW 44° above N  
Tue Jan 29, 6:20 PM 4 min 57° 33° above W 16° above ENE  
Tue Jan 29, 7:56 PM < 1 min 20° 14° above WNW 20° above NW  
Wed Jan 30, 7:05 PM 3 min 37° 17° above WNW 34° above NNE  
Thu Jan 31, 6:14 PM 4 min 41° 20° above WNW 14° above ENE  
Thu Jan 31, 7:49 PM 1 min 25° 12° above WNW 25° above NW  
Fri Feb 1, 6:58 PM 3 min 38° 14° above WNW 35° above NNE  
Sat Feb 2, 6:07 PM 5 min 37° 14° above WNW 11° above ENE  
Sat Feb 2, 7:43 PM 2 min 33° 12° above WNW 33° above NW  
2019-01-22 18:28:00.0,Tue Jan 22, 7:28 PM,1 min,17°,10° above SSW,17° above SSW|2019-01-23 17:38:00.0,Wed Jan 23, 6:38 PM,2 min,20°,11° above S,20° above SE|2019-01-23 19:13:00.0,Wed Jan 23, 8:13 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above WSW,10° above WSW|2019-01-24 16:48:00.0,Thu Jan 24, 5:48 PM,2 min,12°,10° above SSE,10° above ESE|2019-01-24 18:22:00.0,Thu Jan 24, 7:22 PM,2 min,43°,12° above SW,43° above SW|2019-01-25 17:31:00.0,Fri Jan 25, 6:31 PM,4 min,42°,12° above SW,27° above E|2019-01-26 16:43:00.0,Sat Jan 26, 5:43 PM,2 min,24°,24° above ESE,11° above E|2019-01-26 18:17:00.0,Sat Jan 26, 7:17 PM,1 min,63°,27° above W,63° above NW|2019-01-27 17:26:00.0,Sun Jan 27, 6:26 PM,3 min,83°,35° above WSW,20° above ENE|2019-01-27 19:02:00.0,Sun Jan 27, 8:02 PM,< 1 min,17°,17° above WNW,17° above WNW|2019-01-28 18:11:00.0,Mon Jan 28, 7:11 PM,2 min,45°,25° above WNW,44° above N|2019-01-29 17:20:00.0,Tue Jan 29, 6:20 PM,4 min,57°,33° above W,16° above ENE|2019-01-29 18:56:00.0,Tue Jan 29, 7:56 PM,< 1 min,20°,14° above WNW,20° above NW|2019-01-30 18:05:00.0,Wed Jan 30, 7:05 PM,3 min,37°,17° above WNW,34° above NNE|2019-01-31 17:14:00.0,Thu Jan 31, 6:14 PM,4 min,41°,20° above WNW,14° above ENE|2019-01-31 18:49:00.0,Thu Jan 31, 7:49 PM,1 min,25°,12° above WNW,25° above NW|2019-02-01 17:58:00.0,Fri Feb 1, 6:58 PM,3 min,38°,14° above WNW,35° above NNE|2019-02-02 17:07:00.0,Sat Feb 2, 6:07 PM,5 min,37°,14° above WNW,11° above ENE|2019-02-02 18:43:00.0,Sat Feb 2, 7:43 PM,2 min,33°,12° above WNW,33° above NW|

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