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Location: Crescent City, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Nov 27, 2023 through Tuesday Dec 12, 2023

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Nov 27, 6:36 PM 1 min 17° 10° above NNW 17° above N  
Tue Nov 28, 5:48 PM 4 min 16° 10° above NNW 13° above NE  
Wed Nov 29, 6:36 PM 2 min 24° 10° above NW 24° above N  
Thu Nov 30, 5:48 PM 4 min 22° 10° above NW 18° above NE  
Thu Nov 30, 7:24 PM 1 min 14° 10° above NW 14° above NW  
Fri Dec 1, 6:36 PM 3 min 48° 10° above NW 48° above NNW  
Sat Dec 2, 5:48 PM 5 min 37° 10° above NW 19° above E  
Sat Dec 2, 7:25 PM 1 min 19° 10° above WNW 19° above W  
Sun Dec 3, 6:36 PM 4 min 52° 10° above WNW 41° above S  
Mon Dec 4, 5:47 PM 7 min 88° 10° above NW 10° above SE  
Mon Dec 4, 7:26 PM 1 min 11° 10° above WSW 11° above SW  
Tue Dec 5, 6:36 PM 5 min 19° 10° above W 10° above S  
Wed Dec 6, 5:47 PM 6 min 32° 10° above WNW 10° above SSE  
Fri Dec 8, 5:48 PM 3 min 12° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  
{ts '2023-11-28 02:36:00'},Mon Nov 27, 6:36 PM,1 min,17°,10° above NNW,17° above N|{ts '2023-11-29 01:48:00'},Tue Nov 28, 5:48 PM,4 min,16°,10° above NNW,13° above NE|{ts '2023-11-30 02:36:00'},Wed Nov 29, 6:36 PM,2 min,24°,10° above NW,24° above N|{ts '2023-12-01 01:48:00'},Thu Nov 30, 5:48 PM,4 min,22°,10° above NW,18° above NE|{ts '2023-12-01 03:24:00'},Thu Nov 30, 7:24 PM,1 min,14°,10° above NW,14° above NW|{ts '2023-12-02 02:36:00'},Fri Dec 1, 6:36 PM,3 min,48°,10° above NW,48° above NNW|{ts '2023-12-03 01:48:00'},Sat Dec 2, 5:48 PM,5 min,37°,10° above NW,19° above E|{ts '2023-12-03 03:25:00'},Sat Dec 2, 7:25 PM,1 min,19°,10° above WNW,19° above W|{ts '2023-12-04 02:36:00'},Sun Dec 3, 6:36 PM,4 min,52°,10° above WNW,41° above S|{ts '2023-12-05 01:47:00'},Mon Dec 4, 5:47 PM,7 min,88°,10° above NW,10° above SE|{ts '2023-12-05 03:26:00'},Mon Dec 4, 7:26 PM,1 min,11°,10° above WSW,11° above SW|{ts '2023-12-06 02:36:00'},Tue Dec 5, 6:36 PM,5 min,19°,10° above W,10° above S|{ts '2023-12-07 01:47:00'},Wed Dec 6, 5:47 PM,6 min,32°,10° above WNW,10° above SSE|{ts '2023-12-09 01:48:00'},Fri Dec 8, 5:48 PM,3 min,12°,10° above WSW,10° above SSW|

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 chart. Click the link for a detailed description of the astronomical horizon and sighting alert messages.