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Location: Fresno, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Oct 19, 2018 through Saturday Nov 3, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Oct 23, 6:45 AM 2 min 16° 10° above S 16° above SE  
Thu Oct 25, 6:36 AM 4 min 46° 11° above SSW 37° above E  
Fri Oct 26, 5:45 AM 3 min 22° 11° above S 22° above ESE  
Sat Oct 27, 4:55 AM 1 min 11° 11° above SE 10° above ESE  
Sat Oct 27, 6:28 AM 6 min 59° 10° above WSW 10° above NE  
Sun Oct 28, 5:39 AM 3 min 64° 64° above SE 12° above NE  
Mon Oct 29, 4:50 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above ENE 14° above ENE  
Mon Oct 29, 6:23 AM 4 min 25° 20° above WNW 10° above NNE  
Tue Oct 30, 5:34 AM 1 min 24° 24° above NNE 11° above NE  
Wed Oct 31, 6:16 AM 2 min 14° 13° above NNW 10° above N  
Thu Nov 1, 5:27 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above NNE 10° above NNE  
2018-10-23 13:45:00.0,Tue Oct 23, 6:45 AM,2 min,16°,10° above S,16° above SE|2018-10-25 13:36:00.0,Thu Oct 25, 6:36 AM,4 min,46°,11° above SSW,37° above E|2018-10-26 12:45:00.0,Fri Oct 26, 5:45 AM,3 min,22°,11° above S,22° above ESE|2018-10-27 11:55:00.0,Sat Oct 27, 4:55 AM,1 min,11°,11° above SE,10° above ESE|2018-10-27 13:28:00.0,Sat Oct 27, 6:28 AM,6 min,59°,10° above WSW,10° above NE|2018-10-28 12:39:00.0,Sun Oct 28, 5:39 AM,3 min,64°,64° above SE,12° above NE|2018-10-29 11:50:00.0,Mon Oct 29, 4:50 AM,< 1 min,14°,14° above ENE,14° above ENE|2018-10-29 13:23:00.0,Mon Oct 29, 6:23 AM,4 min,25°,20° above WNW,10° above NNE|2018-10-30 12:34:00.0,Tue Oct 30, 5:34 AM,1 min,24°,24° above NNE,11° above NE|2018-10-31 13:16:00.0,Wed Oct 31, 6:16 AM,2 min,14°,13° above NNW,10° above N|2018-11-01 12:27:00.0,Thu Nov 1, 5:27 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NNE,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