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Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday May 20, 2019 through Tuesday Jun 4, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon May 20, 7:51 PM 6 min 63° 10° above SW 10° above NE  
Tue May 21, 4:05 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above S 11° above S  
Tue May 21, 8:41 PM < 1 min 13° 13° above NNW 11° above N  
Wed May 22, 7:50 PM 2 min 22° 22° above NNW 11° above NNE  
Tue May 28, 10:58 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above N 10° above N  
Wed May 29, 10:10 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above NNE 10° above NNE  
Fri May 31, 10:06 PM 1 min 19° 14° above N 19° above NNE  
Sat Jun 1, 9:17 PM 3 min 14° 10° above N 13° above NE  
Sat Jun 1, 10:52 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above NW 10° above NW  
Sun Jun 2, 10:04 PM < 1 min 28° 23° above NNW 28° above NNW  
Mon Jun 3, 9:14 PM 3 min 31° 17° above NNW 29° above ENE  
2019-05-21 02:51:00.0,Mon May 20, 7:51 PM,6 min,63°,10° above SW,10° above NE|2019-05-21 11:05:00.0,Tue May 21, 4:05 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above S,11° above S|2019-05-22 03:41:00.0,Tue May 21, 8:41 PM,< 1 min,13°,13° above NNW,11° above N|2019-05-23 02:50:00.0,Wed May 22, 7:50 PM,2 min,22°,22° above NNW,11° above NNE|2019-05-29 05:58:00.0,Tue May 28, 10:58 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above N,10° above N|2019-05-30 05:10:00.0,Wed May 29, 10:10 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NNE,10° above NNE|2019-06-01 05:06:00.0,Fri May 31, 10:06 PM,1 min,19°,14° above N,19° above NNE|2019-06-02 04:17:00.0,Sat Jun 1, 9:17 PM,3 min,14°,10° above N,13° above NE|2019-06-02 05:52:00.0,Sat Jun 1, 10:52 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NW,10° above NW|2019-06-03 05:04:00.0,Sun Jun 2, 10:04 PM,< 1 min,28°,23° above NNW,28° above NNW|2019-06-04 04:14:00.0,Mon Jun 3, 9:14 PM,3 min,31°,17° above NNW,29° above ENE|

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