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The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Dec 12, 2018 through Friday Dec 28, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Dec 12, 6:26 PM 5 min 52° 10° above WNW 25° above SSE  
Thu Dec 13, 5:33 PM 6 min 74° 10° above NW 10° above SE  
Fri Dec 14, 6:21 PM 2 min 19° 19° above SW 10° above S  
Sat Dec 15, 5:26 PM 6 min 39° 10° above WNW 10° above SSE  
Mon Dec 17, 5:22 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above SSW 10° above SSW  
Sat Dec 22, 6:29 AM 2 min 19° 11° above S 19° above SSE  
Mon Dec 24, 6:20 AM 6 min 54° 10° above SW 12° above ENE  
Tue Dec 25, 5:29 AM 3 min 26° 14° above S 24° above ESE  
Wed Dec 26, 6:13 AM 5 min 55° 22° above WSW 10° above NE  
Thu Dec 27, 5:24 AM 2 min 36° 36° above ENE 10° above NE  
Thu Dec 27, 6:57 AM 4 min 17° 10° above WNW 11° above NNE  
2018-12-12 16:26:00.0,Wed Dec 12, 6:26 PM,5 min,52°,10° above WNW,25° above SSE|2018-12-13 15:33:00.0,Thu Dec 13, 5:33 PM,6 min,74°,10° above NW,10° above SE|2018-12-14 16:21:00.0,Fri Dec 14, 6:21 PM,2 min,19°,19° above SW,10° above S|2018-12-15 15:26:00.0,Sat Dec 15, 5:26 PM,6 min,39°,10° above WNW,10° above SSE|2018-12-17 15:22:00.0,Mon Dec 17, 5:22 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above SSW,10° above SSW|2018-12-22 04:29:00.0,Sat Dec 22, 6:29 AM,2 min,19°,11° above S,19° above SSE|2018-12-24 04:20:00.0,Mon Dec 24, 6:20 AM,6 min,54°,10° above SW,12° above ENE|2018-12-25 03:29:00.0,Tue Dec 25, 5:29 AM,3 min,26°,14° above S,24° above ESE|2018-12-26 04:13:00.0,Wed Dec 26, 6:13 AM,5 min,55°,22° above WSW,10° above NE|2018-12-27 03:24:00.0,Thu Dec 27, 5:24 AM,2 min,36°,36° above ENE,10° above NE|2018-12-27 04:57:00.0,Thu Dec 27, 6:57 AM,4 min,17°,10° above WNW,11° above NNE|

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