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Location: Perris, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Feb 18, 2019 through Tuesday Mar 5, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Feb 21, 5:19 AM 2 min 19° 10° above S 19° above SE  
Fri Feb 22, 6:03 AM 3 min 51° 10° above WSW 51° above W  
Sat Feb 23, 5:13 AM 5 min 62° 16° above SSW 11° above NE  
Sun Feb 24, 4:24 AM < 1 min 26° 26° above ESE 22° above E  
Sun Feb 24, 5:58 AM 5 min 22° 11° above W 10° above NNE  
Mon Feb 25, 5:08 AM 3 min 41° 38° above WNW 11° above NNE  
Tue Feb 26, 4:20 AM 1 min 19° 19° above NE 10° above NE  
Tue Feb 26, 5:54 AM 2 min 11° 10° above NW 10° above NNW  
Wed Feb 27, 5:04 AM 2 min 17° 17° above NNW 11° above N  
Thu Feb 28, 4:15 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above NNE 11° above NNE  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Monday Feb 18, 2019 through Tuesday Mar 5, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Feb 21, 5:29 AM 2 min 23° 11° above S 23° above SE  
Fri Feb 22, 5:39 AM 5 min 82° 11° above SW 10° above NE  
Sat Feb 23, 5:51 AM 5 min 29° 10° above WSW 10° above NNE  
Sun Feb 24, 6:03 AM < 1 min 11° 10° above WNW 11° above NW  
2019-02-21 13:19:00.0,Thu Feb 21, 5:19 AM,2 min,19°,10° above S,19° above SE|2019-02-22 14:03:00.0,Fri Feb 22, 6:03 AM,3 min,51°,10° above WSW,51° above W|2019-02-23 13:13:00.0,Sat Feb 23, 5:13 AM,5 min,62°,16° above SSW,11° above NE|2019-02-24 12:24:00.0,Sun Feb 24, 4:24 AM,< 1 min,26°,26° above ESE,22° above E|2019-02-24 13:58:00.0,Sun Feb 24, 5:58 AM,5 min,22°,11° above W,10° above NNE|2019-02-25 13:08:00.0,Mon Feb 25, 5:08 AM,3 min,41°,38° above WNW,11° above NNE|2019-02-26 12:20:00.0,Tue Feb 26, 4:20 AM,1 min,19°,19° above NE,10° above NE|2019-02-26 13:54:00.0,Tue Feb 26, 5:54 AM,2 min,11°,10° above NW,10° above NNW|2019-02-27 13:04:00.0,Wed Feb 27, 5:04 AM,2 min,17°,17° above NNW,11° above N|2019-02-28 12:15:00.0,Thu Feb 28, 4:15 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NNE,11° 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