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Location: Monterey, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Apr 24, 2019 through Friday May 10, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Apr 24, 5:53 AM 2 min 12° 10° above SSE 11° above ESE  
Fri Apr 26, 5:46 AM 4 min 33° 10° above SSW 29° above ESE  
Sat Apr 27, 4:56 AM 4 min 17° 10° above S 13° above E  
Sun Apr 28, 5:40 AM 4 min 77° 10° above SW 37° above NE  
Mon Apr 29, 4:52 AM 2 min 50° 34° above S 29° above ENE  
Tue Apr 30, 4:03 AM 1 min 21° 21° above ESE 12° above E  
Tue Apr 30, 5:36 AM 5 min 29° 11° above W 13° above NNE  
Wed May 1, 4:47 AM 3 min 53° 39° above W 22° above NNE  
Thu May 2, 3:58 AM < 1 min 36° 36° above ENE 23° above NE  
Thu May 2, 5:32 AM 4 min 15° 10° above WNW 10° above N  
Fri May 3, 4:42 AM 3 min 22° 20° above NW 13° above NNE  
Sat May 4, 3:53 AM < 1 min 26° 26° above NNE 19° above NNE  
Sun May 5, 3:04 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above NE 13° above NE  
Sun May 5, 4:37 AM 3 min 12° 10° above NW 10° above N  
Mon May 6, 3:48 AM 1 min 17° 17° above NNW 11° above NNE  
Wed May 8, 3:42 AM 1 min 10° 10° above NNW 10° above N  
Thu May 9, 2:53 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above N 10° above N  
2019-04-24 12:53:00.0,Wed Apr 24, 5:53 AM,2 min,12°,10° above SSE,11° above ESE|2019-04-26 12:46:00.0,Fri Apr 26, 5:46 AM,4 min,33°,10° above SSW,29° above ESE|2019-04-27 11:56:00.0,Sat Apr 27, 4:56 AM,4 min,17°,10° above S,13° above E|2019-04-28 12:40:00.0,Sun Apr 28, 5:40 AM,4 min,77°,10° above SW,37° above NE|2019-04-29 11:52:00.0,Mon Apr 29, 4:52 AM,2 min,50°,34° above S,29° above ENE|2019-04-30 11:03:00.0,Tue Apr 30, 4:03 AM,1 min,21°,21° above ESE,12° above E|2019-04-30 12:36:00.0,Tue Apr 30, 5:36 AM,5 min,29°,11° above W,13° above NNE|2019-05-01 11:47:00.0,Wed May 1, 4:47 AM,3 min,53°,39° above W,22° above NNE|2019-05-02 10:58:00.0,Thu May 2, 3:58 AM,< 1 min,36°,36° above ENE,23° above NE|2019-05-02 12:32:00.0,Thu May 2, 5:32 AM,4 min,15°,10° above WNW,10° above N|2019-05-03 11:42:00.0,Fri May 3, 4:42 AM,3 min,22°,20° above NW,13° above NNE|2019-05-04 10:53:00.0,Sat May 4, 3:53 AM,< 1 min,26°,26° above NNE,19° above NNE|2019-05-05 10:04:00.0,Sun May 5, 3:04 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above NE,13° above NE|2019-05-05 11:37:00.0,Sun May 5, 4:37 AM,3 min,12°,10° above NW,10° above N|2019-05-06 10:48:00.0,Mon May 6, 3:48 AM,1 min,17°,17° above NNW,11° above NNE|2019-05-08 10:42:00.0,Wed May 8, 3:42 AM,1 min,10°,10° above NNW,10° above N|2019-05-09 09:53:00.0,Thu May 9, 2:53 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above N,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