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Location: Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States

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

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Feb 19, 5:53 AM 2 min 17° 10° above S 17° above SE  
Thu Feb 21, 5:46 AM 6 min 61° 11° above SSW 11° above NE  
Fri Feb 22, 4:55 AM 3 min 25° 11° above S 24° above ESE  
Sat Feb 23, 4:07 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above ESE 11° above ESE  
Sat Feb 23, 5:40 AM 6 min 37° 12° above WSW 10° above NNE  
Sun Feb 24, 4:52 AM 3 min 72° 72° above NE 12° above NE  
Mon Feb 25, 4:03 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above ENE 10° above ENE  
Mon Feb 25, 5:35 AM 3 min 15° 13° above WNW 10° above N  
Tue Feb 26, 4:47 AM 1 min 17° 17° above N 10° above NNE  

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

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Feb 20, 5:47 AM 2 min 26° 10° above S 26° above SE  
Thu Feb 21, 5:58 AM 5 min 74° 11° above SW 10° above NE  
Fri Feb 22, 4:37 AM < 1 min 13° 12° above SE 13° above ESE  
Sat Feb 23, 4:49 AM 1 min 35° 35° above E 18° above ENE  
Sun Feb 24, 5:01 AM 1 min 29° 29° above N 12° above NNE  
2019-02-19 11:53:00.0,Tue Feb 19, 5:53 AM,2 min,17°,10° above S,17° above SE|2019-02-21 11:46:00.0,Thu Feb 21, 5:46 AM,6 min,61°,11° above SSW,11° above NE|2019-02-22 10:55:00.0,Fri Feb 22, 4:55 AM,3 min,25°,11° above S,24° above ESE|2019-02-23 10:07:00.0,Sat Feb 23, 4:07 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above ESE,11° above ESE|2019-02-23 11:40:00.0,Sat Feb 23, 5:40 AM,6 min,37°,12° above WSW,10° above NNE|2019-02-24 10:52:00.0,Sun Feb 24, 4:52 AM,3 min,72°,72° above NE,12° above NE|2019-02-25 10:03:00.0,Mon Feb 25, 4:03 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above ENE,10° above ENE|2019-02-25 11:35:00.0,Mon Feb 25, 5:35 AM,3 min,15°,13° above WNW,10° above N|2019-02-26 10:47:00.0,Tue Feb 26, 4:47 AM,1 min,17°,17° above N,10° 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