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Location: Crescent City, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Jan 16, 2019 through Friday Feb 1, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Jan 20, 7:51 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW  
Mon Jan 21, 7:00 PM 2 min 34° 11° above SSW 34° above SSE  
Tue Jan 22, 6:09 PM 4 min 20° 11° above S 14° above E  
Tue Jan 22, 7:46 PM < 1 min 21° 18° above W 21° above W  
Wed Jan 23, 6:54 PM 2 min 84° 23° above WSW 64° above NE  
Thu Jan 24, 6:03 PM 5 min 51° 16° above SSW 12° above ENE  
Thu Jan 24, 7:40 PM < 1 min 20° 15° above WNW 20° above WNW  
Fri Jan 25, 6:49 PM 3 min 38° 24° above W 27° above NNE  
Sat Jan 26, 5:58 PM 4 min 64° 42° above W 11° above NE  
Sat Jan 26, 7:34 PM 1 min 16° 10° above WNW 16° above NW  
Sun Jan 27, 6:42 PM 3 min 23° 14° above WNW 17° above NNE  
Mon Jan 28, 5:51 PM 4 min 31° 22° above WNW 10° above NE  
Mon Jan 28, 7:28 PM 1 min 14° 10° above NW 14° above NNW  
Tue Jan 29, 6:37 PM 4 min 16° 11° above NW 12° above NNE  
Wed Jan 30, 7:23 PM 1 min 13° 10° above NNW 13° above NNW  
2019-01-21 03:51:00.0,Sun Jan 20, 7:51 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SW,10° above SW|2019-01-22 03:00:00.0,Mon Jan 21, 7:00 PM,2 min,34°,11° above SSW,34° above SSE|2019-01-23 02:09:00.0,Tue Jan 22, 6:09 PM,4 min,20°,11° above S,14° above E|2019-01-23 03:46:00.0,Tue Jan 22, 7:46 PM,< 1 min,21°,18° above W,21° above W|2019-01-24 02:54:00.0,Wed Jan 23, 6:54 PM,2 min,84°,23° above WSW,64° above NE|2019-01-25 02:03:00.0,Thu Jan 24, 6:03 PM,5 min,51°,16° above SSW,12° above ENE|2019-01-25 03:40:00.0,Thu Jan 24, 7:40 PM,< 1 min,20°,15° above WNW,20° above WNW|2019-01-26 02:49:00.0,Fri Jan 25, 6:49 PM,3 min,38°,24° above W,27° above NNE|2019-01-27 01:58:00.0,Sat Jan 26, 5:58 PM,4 min,64°,42° above W,11° above NE|2019-01-27 03:34:00.0,Sat Jan 26, 7:34 PM,1 min,16°,10° above WNW,16° above NW|2019-01-28 02:42:00.0,Sun Jan 27, 6:42 PM,3 min,23°,14° above WNW,17° above NNE|2019-01-29 01:51:00.0,Mon Jan 28, 5:51 PM,4 min,31°,22° above WNW,10° above NE|2019-01-29 03:28:00.0,Mon Jan 28, 7:28 PM,1 min,14°,10° above NW,14° above NNW|2019-01-30 02:37:00.0,Tue Jan 29, 6:37 PM,4 min,16°,11° above NW,12° above NNE|2019-01-31 03:23:00.0,Wed Jan 30, 7:23 PM,1 min,13°,10° above NNW,13° above NNW|

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