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Location: Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Jul 22, 2016 through Sunday Aug 7, 2016

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Jul 23, 1:29 AM 3 min 49° 49° above ESE 10° above E  
Sat Jul 23, 3:02 AM 6 min 84° 10° above W 11° above E  
Sat Jul 23, 4:38 AM 6 min 55° 10° above W 10° above ESE  
Sun Jul 24, 00:38 AM < 1 min 16° 16° above E 11° above E  
Sun Jul 24, 2:10 AM 5 min 88° 28° above W 11° above E  
Sun Jul 24, 3:45 AM 6 min 74° 10° above W 10° above ESE  
Mon Jul 25, 1:19 AM 3 min 80° 74° above SW 11° above E  
Mon Jul 25, 2:52 AM 6 min 88° 10° above W 11° above E  
Mon Jul 25, 4:29 AM 6 min 35° 12° above W 10° above SE  
Tue Jul 26, 00:27 AM 2 min 43° 43° above ESE 10° above E  
Tue Jul 26, 1:59 AM 6 min 84° 10° above W 11° above E  
Tue Jul 26, 3:36 AM 6 min 50° 10° above W 12° above SE  
Tue Jul 26, 9:56 PM 2 min 11° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Tue Jul 26, 11:30 PM 6 min 45° 10° above SW 11° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 1:06 AM 6 min 86° 10° above W 11° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 2:43 AM 6 min 69° 10° above W 10° above ESE  
Wed Jul 27, 4:20 AM 5 min 21° 10° above W 11° above SSE  
Wed Jul 27, 10:37 PM 6 min 30° 10° above SW 11° above E  
Thu Jul 28, 00:13 AM 6 min 84° 10° above WSW 11° above E  
Thu Jul 28, 1:50 AM 6 min 84° 10° above W 11° above ESE  
Thu Jul 28, 3:27 AM 5 min 31° 11° above W 11° above SSE  
Thu Jul 28, 9:45 PM 5 min 20° 11° above SSW 10° above E  
Thu Jul 28, 11:20 PM 6 min 68° 10° above WSW 10° above E  
Fri Jul 29, 00:57 AM 4 min 85° 10° above W 63° above E  
Fri Jul 29, 10:27 PM 6 min 49° 10° above SW 12° above E  
Sat Jul 30, 00:04 AM 5 min 85° 10° above W 30° above E  
Sat Jul 30, 1:40 AM 1 min 18° 10° above W 18° above W  
Sat Jul 30, 9:35 PM 6 min 34° 10° above SW 12° above E  
Sat Jul 30, 11:11 PM 6 min 86° 10° above W 11° above E  
Sun Jul 31, 00:47 AM 2 min 44° 10° above W 44° above W  
Sun Jul 31, 10:18 PM 6 min 73° 10° above WSW 10° above E  
Sun Jul 31, 11:54 PM 4 min 87° 10° above W 49° above E  
Mon Aug 1, 1:31 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above W 10° above W  
Mon Aug 1, 9:30 PM 1 min 22° 22° above E 10° above E  
Mon Aug 1, 11:01 PM 6 min 84° 10° above W 16° above E  
Tue Aug 2, 00:38 AM 2 min 27° 10° above W 27° above W  
Tue Aug 2, 10:08 PM 6 min 88° 10° above W 11° above E  
Tue Aug 2, 11:45 PM 3 min 76° 10° above W 75° above SSE  
Wed Aug 3, 10:52 PM 5 min 89° 10° above W 24° above E  
Thu Aug 4, 00:28 AM 1 min 20° 10° above W 20° above W  
Thu Aug 4, 9:59 PM 6 min 84° 12° above W 11° above E  
Thu Aug 4, 11:35 PM 3 min 53° 10° above W 53° above SW  
Fri Aug 5, 10:42 PM 5 min 72° 10° above W 29° above ESE  
Sat Aug 6, 00:19 AM < 1 min 13° 11° above W 13° above W  
2016-07-23 00:29:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 1:29 AM,3 min,49°,49° above ESE,10° above E|2016-07-23 02:02:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 3:02 AM,6 min,84°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-23 03:38:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 4:38 AM,6 min,55°,10° above W,10° above ESE|2016-07-23 23:38:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 00:38 AM,< 1 min,16°,16° above E,11° above E|2016-07-24 01:10:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 2:10 AM,5 min,88°,28° above W,11° above E|2016-07-24 02:45:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 3:45 AM,6 min,74°,10° above W,10° above ESE|2016-07-25 00:19:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 1:19 AM,3 min,80°,74° above SW,11° above E|2016-07-25 01:52:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 2:52 AM,6 min,88°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-25 03:29:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 4:29 AM,6 min,35°,12° above W,10° above SE|2016-07-25 23:27:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 00:27 AM,2 min,43°,43° above ESE,10° above E|2016-07-26 00:59:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 1:59 AM,6 min,84°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-26 02:36:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 3:36 AM,6 min,50°,10° above W,12° above SE|2016-07-26 20:56:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 9:56 PM,2 min,11°,10° above SSE,10° above ESE|2016-07-26 22:30:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 11:30 PM,6 min,45°,10° above SW,11° above E|2016-07-27 00:06:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 1:06 AM,6 min,86°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-27 01:43:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 2:43 AM,6 min,69°,10° above W,10° above ESE|2016-07-27 03:20:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 4:20 AM,5 min,21°,10° above W,11° above SSE|2016-07-27 21:37:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 10:37 PM,6 min,30°,10° above SW,11° above E|2016-07-27 23:13:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 00:13 AM,6 min,84°,10° above WSW,11° above E|2016-07-28 00:50:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 1:50 AM,6 min,84°,10° above W,11° above ESE|2016-07-28 02:27:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 3:27 AM,5 min,31°,11° above W,11° above SSE|2016-07-28 20:45:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 9:45 PM,5 min,20°,11° above SSW,10° above E|2016-07-28 22:20:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 11:20 PM,6 min,68°,10° above WSW,10° above E|2016-07-28 23:57:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 00:57 AM,4 min,85°,10° above W,63° above E|2016-07-29 21:27:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 10:27 PM,6 min,49°,10° above SW,12° above E|2016-07-29 23:04:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 00:04 AM,5 min,85°,10° above W,30° above E|2016-07-30 00:40:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 1:40 AM,1 min,18°,10° above W,18° above W|2016-07-30 20:35:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 9:35 PM,6 min,34°,10° above SW,12° above E|2016-07-30 22:11:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 11:11 PM,6 min,86°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-07-30 23:47:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 00:47 AM,2 min,44°,10° above W,44° above W|2016-07-31 21:18:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 10:18 PM,6 min,73°,10° above WSW,10° above E|2016-07-31 22:54:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 11:54 PM,4 min,87°,10° above W,49° above E|2016-08-01 00:31:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 1:31 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above W,10° above W|2016-08-01 20:30:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 9:30 PM,1 min,22°,22° above E,10° above E|2016-08-01 22:01:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 11:01 PM,6 min,84°,10° above W,16° above E|2016-08-01 23:38:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 00:38 AM,2 min,27°,10° above W,27° above W|2016-08-02 21:08:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 10:08 PM,6 min,88°,10° above W,11° above E|2016-08-02 22:45:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 11:45 PM,3 min,76°,10° above W,75° above SSE|2016-08-03 21:52:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 10:52 PM,5 min,89°,10° above W,24° above E|2016-08-03 23:28:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 00:28 AM,1 min,20°,10° above W,20° above W|2016-08-04 20:59:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 9:59 PM,6 min,84°,12° above W,11° above E|2016-08-04 22:35:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 11:35 PM,3 min,53°,10° above W,53° above SW|2016-08-05 21:42:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 10:42 PM,5 min,72°,10° above W,29° above ESE|2016-08-05 23:19:00.0,Sat Aug 6, 00:19 AM,< 1 min,13°,11° above W,13° above W|

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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 JSC Flickr photo gallery of ISS sightings

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