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Location: Elgin, Scotland, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday May 22, 2019 through Thursday Jun 6, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed May 22, 11:17 PM 5 min 28° 11° above SW 11° above ESE  
Thu May 23, 00:54 AM 3 min 22° 11° above WSW 20° above S  
Thu May 23, 10:28 PM 4 min 26° 18° above SW 11° above ESE  
Fri May 24, 00:03 AM 5 min 26° 11° above WSW 15° above SE  
Fri May 24, 1:40 AM < 1 min 12° 10° above WSW 12° above SW  
Fri May 24, 11:14 PM 5 min 28° 11° above WSW 11° above SE  
Sat May 25, 00:50 AM 2 min 16° 10° above WSW 16° above SSW  
Sun May 26, 00:01 AM 4 min 20° 10° above WSW 15° above SSE  
Sun May 26, 11:11 PM 5 min 24° 11° above WSW 10° above SE  
Mon May 27, 00:49 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW  
Mon May 27, 11:59 PM 3 min 14° 10° above WSW 12° above S  
Tue May 28, 11:09 PM 4 min 17° 10° above WSW 11° above SSE  
Thu May 30, 11:07 PM 2 min 11° 10° above SW 10° above S  
2019-05-22 22:17:00.0,Wed May 22, 11:17 PM,5 min,28°,11° above SW,11° above ESE|2019-05-22 23:54:00.0,Thu May 23, 00:54 AM,3 min,22°,11° above WSW,20° above S|2019-05-23 21:28:00.0,Thu May 23, 10:28 PM,4 min,26°,18° above SW,11° above ESE|2019-05-23 23:03:00.0,Fri May 24, 00:03 AM,5 min,26°,11° above WSW,15° above SE|2019-05-24 00:40:00.0,Fri May 24, 1:40 AM,< 1 min,12°,10° above WSW,12° above SW|2019-05-24 22:14:00.0,Fri May 24, 11:14 PM,5 min,28°,11° above WSW,11° above SE|2019-05-24 23:50:00.0,Sat May 25, 00:50 AM,2 min,16°,10° above WSW,16° above SSW|2019-05-25 23:01:00.0,Sun May 26, 00:01 AM,4 min,20°,10° above WSW,15° above SSE|2019-05-26 22:11:00.0,Sun May 26, 11:11 PM,5 min,24°,11° above WSW,10° above SE|2019-05-26 23:49:00.0,Mon May 27, 00:49 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SW,10° above SW|2019-05-27 22:59:00.0,Mon May 27, 11:59 PM,3 min,14°,10° above WSW,12° above S|2019-05-28 22:09:00.0,Tue May 28, 11:09 PM,4 min,17°,10° above WSW,11° above SSE|2019-05-30 22:07:00.0,Thu May 30, 11:07 PM,2 min,11°,10° above SW,10° above S|

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