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Location: Luton, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Feb 18, 2019 through Tuesday Mar 5, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Feb 22, 6:26 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSE 10° above SE  
Sun Feb 24, 6:17 AM 2 min 19° 11° above S 19° above SE  
Mon Feb 25, 5:27 AM 2 min 13° 10° above S 12° above SE  
Tue Feb 26, 6:10 AM 4 min 34° 10° above SW 30° above SE  
Wed Feb 27, 5:20 AM 3 min 23° 11° above SSW 20° above ESE  
Thu Feb 28, 4:31 AM 2 min 16° 15° above SSE 12° above ESE  
Thu Feb 28, 6:04 AM 4 min 55° 10° above WSW 40° above ESE  
Fri Mar 1, 5:15 AM 3 min 40° 21° above SW 27° above ESE  
Sat Mar 2, 4:26 AM 1 min 27° 27° above SE 17° above ESE  
Sat Mar 2, 5:59 AM 4 min 77° 10° above WSW 38° above E  
Sun Mar 3, 3:37 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above E 10° above E  
Sun Mar 3, 5:10 AM 2 min 63° 34° above SW 35° above E  
Mon Mar 4, 4:21 AM 1 min 36° 36° above ESE 21° above E  
Mon Mar 4, 5:54 AM 4 min 87° 12° above W 39° above E  
Tue Mar 5, 3:32 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above E 10° above E  
Tue Mar 5, 5:05 AM 2 min 82° 44° above WSW 31° above E  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Monday Feb 18, 2019 through Tuesday Mar 5, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Feb 23, 6:22 AM 1 min 12° 10° above SSE 12° above SE  
Sun Feb 24, 6:32 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above SSW  
2019-02-22 06:26:00.0,Fri Feb 22, 6:26 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSE,10° above SE|2019-02-24 06:17:00.0,Sun Feb 24, 6:17 AM,2 min,19°,11° above S,19° above SE|2019-02-25 05:27:00.0,Mon Feb 25, 5:27 AM,2 min,13°,10° above S,12° above SE|2019-02-26 06:10:00.0,Tue Feb 26, 6:10 AM,4 min,34°,10° above SW,30° above SE|2019-02-27 05:20:00.0,Wed Feb 27, 5:20 AM,3 min,23°,11° above SSW,20° above ESE|2019-02-28 04:31:00.0,Thu Feb 28, 4:31 AM,2 min,16°,15° above SSE,12° above ESE|2019-02-28 06:04:00.0,Thu Feb 28, 6:04 AM,4 min,55°,10° above WSW,40° above ESE|2019-03-01 05:15:00.0,Fri Mar 1, 5:15 AM,3 min,40°,21° above SW,27° above ESE|2019-03-02 04:26:00.0,Sat Mar 2, 4:26 AM,1 min,27°,27° above SE,17° above ESE|2019-03-02 05:59:00.0,Sat Mar 2, 5:59 AM,4 min,77°,10° above WSW,38° above E|2019-03-03 03:37:00.0,Sun Mar 3, 3:37 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above E,10° above E|2019-03-03 05:10:00.0,Sun Mar 3, 5:10 AM,2 min,63°,34° above SW,35° above E|2019-03-04 04:21:00.0,Mon Mar 4, 4:21 AM,1 min,36°,36° above ESE,21° above E|2019-03-04 05:54:00.0,Mon Mar 4, 5:54 AM,4 min,87°,12° above W,39° above E|2019-03-05 03:32:00.0,Tue Mar 5, 3:32 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above E,10° above E|2019-03-05 05:05:00.0,Tue Mar 5, 5:05 AM,2 min,82°,44° above WSW,31° above E|

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