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Location: Fresno, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Mar 18, 2019 through Tuesday Apr 2, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Mar 18, 6:04 AM 2 min 16° 16° above SW 10° above S  
Tue Mar 19, 8:13 PM 2 min 20° 11° above S 20° above SSE  
Wed Mar 20, 8:58 PM 3 min 50° 10° above WSW 50° above W  
Thu Mar 21, 8:07 PM 6 min 66° 10° above SW 15° above NE  
Fri Mar 22, 8:55 PM 2 min 24° 23° above NW 18° above N  
Sat Mar 23, 8:04 PM 4 min 41° 34° above WNW 12° above NE  
Sun Mar 24, 8:50 PM 2 min 13° 12° above NW 10° above N  
Mon Mar 25, 8:00 PM 3 min 19° 19° above NW 11° above NNE  
Wed Mar 27, 7:55 PM 2 min 11° 10° above NW 10° above N  
2019-03-18 13:04:00.0,Mon Mar 18, 6:04 AM,2 min,16°,16° above SW,10° above S|2019-03-20 03:13:00.0,Tue Mar 19, 8:13 PM,2 min,20°,11° above S,20° above SSE|2019-03-21 03:58:00.0,Wed Mar 20, 8:58 PM,3 min,50°,10° above WSW,50° above W|2019-03-22 03:07:00.0,Thu Mar 21, 8:07 PM,6 min,66°,10° above SW,15° above NE|2019-03-23 03:55:00.0,Fri Mar 22, 8:55 PM,2 min,24°,23° above NW,18° above N|2019-03-24 03:04:00.0,Sat Mar 23, 8:04 PM,4 min,41°,34° above WNW,12° above NE|2019-03-25 03:50:00.0,Sun Mar 24, 8:50 PM,2 min,13°,12° above NW,10° above N|2019-03-26 03:00:00.0,Mon Mar 25, 8:00 PM,3 min,19°,19° above NW,11° above NNE|2019-03-28 02:55:00.0,Wed Mar 27, 7:55 PM,2 min,11°,10° above NW,10° above N|

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