Skip to main content

Sighting Location

Select Location

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Sep 14, 2018 through Sunday Sep 30, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Sep 15, 4:28 AM 1 min 20° 20° above NNE 18° above NE  
Sat Sep 15, 6:01 AM 6 min 75° 10° above WNW 10° above SE  
Sun Sep 16, 5:11 AM 5 min 57° 28° above NW 10° above ESE  
Mon Sep 17, 4:22 AM 1 min 20° 20° above E 10° above E  
Mon Sep 17, 5:55 AM 5 min 28° 13° above W 10° above SSE  
Tue Sep 18, 5:06 AM 2 min 41° 41° above SSE 10° above SE  
Wed Sep 19, 5:50 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above SW 10° above SSW  
Thu Sep 20, 8:00 PM < 1 min 11° 10° above SSE 11° above SE  
Fri Sep 21, 8:42 PM 2 min 42° 10° above SW 42° above SSW  
Sat Sep 22, 7:51 PM 4 min 29° 11° above SSW 18° above E  
Sat Sep 22, 9:27 PM 1 min 19° 11° above W 19° above W  
Sun Sep 23, 8:35 PM 4 min 57° 10° above WSW 42° above NNE  
Mon Sep 24, 7:43 PM 6 min 75° 10° above SW 11° above ENE  
Mon Sep 24, 9:21 PM < 1 min 19° 17° above NW 19° above NW  
Tue Sep 25, 8:29 PM 3 min 29° 24° above WNW 18° above NNE  
Wed Sep 26, 7:37 PM 4 min 46° 36° above WNW 10° above NE  
Wed Sep 26, 9:14 PM 1 min 14° 12° above NW 14° above NNW  
Thu Sep 27, 8:22 PM 3 min 18° 16° above NW 12° above NNE  
Fri Sep 28, 7:30 PM 4 min 25° 22° above NW 10° above NE  
Fri Sep 28, 9:07 PM 1 min 12° 10° above NW 12° above NNW  
2018-09-15 01:28:00.0,Sat Sep 15, 4:28 AM,1 min,20°,20° above NNE,18° above NE|2018-09-15 03:01:00.0,Sat Sep 15, 6:01 AM,6 min,75°,10° above WNW,10° above SE|2018-09-16 02:11:00.0,Sun Sep 16, 5:11 AM,5 min,57°,28° above NW,10° above ESE|2018-09-17 01:22:00.0,Mon Sep 17, 4:22 AM,1 min,20°,20° above E,10° above E|2018-09-17 02:55:00.0,Mon Sep 17, 5:55 AM,5 min,28°,13° above W,10° above SSE|2018-09-18 02:06:00.0,Tue Sep 18, 5:06 AM,2 min,41°,41° above SSE,10° above SE|2018-09-19 02:50:00.0,Wed Sep 19, 5:50 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above SW,10° above SSW|2018-09-20 17:00:00.0,Thu Sep 20, 8:00 PM,< 1 min,11°,10° above SSE,11° above SE|2018-09-21 17:42:00.0,Fri Sep 21, 8:42 PM,2 min,42°,10° above SW,42° above SSW|2018-09-22 16:51:00.0,Sat Sep 22, 7:51 PM,4 min,29°,11° above SSW,18° above E|2018-09-22 18:27:00.0,Sat Sep 22, 9:27 PM,1 min,19°,11° above W,19° above W|2018-09-23 17:35:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 8:35 PM,4 min,57°,10° above WSW,42° above NNE|2018-09-24 16:43:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 7:43 PM,6 min,75°,10° above SW,11° above ENE|2018-09-24 18:21:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 9:21 PM,< 1 min,19°,17° above NW,19° above NW|2018-09-25 17:29:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 8:29 PM,3 min,29°,24° above WNW,18° above NNE|2018-09-26 16:37:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 7:37 PM,4 min,46°,36° above WNW,10° above NE|2018-09-26 18:14:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 9:14 PM,1 min,14°,12° above NW,14° above NNW|2018-09-27 17:22:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 8:22 PM,3 min,18°,16° above NW,12° above NNE|2018-09-28 16:30:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 7:30 PM,4 min,25°,22° above NW,10° above NE|2018-09-28 18:07:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 9:07 PM,1 min,12°,10° above NW,12° above NNW|

Last Updated:

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 NASA Johnson Flickr Photostream

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