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Location: San Clemente, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Thursday Jul 12, 2018 through Friday Jul 27, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Jul 15, 5:21 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above NNE 10° above NNE  
Tue Jul 17, 5:12 AM 2 min 20° 10° above NNW 20° above NNE  
Wed Jul 18, 4:21 AM < 1 min 11° 10° above N 11° above N  
Wed Jul 18, 8:58 PM 5 min 24° 11° above S 10° above ENE  
Wed Jul 18, 10:34 PM 5 min 23° 11° above W 11° above NNE  
Thu Jul 19, 5:04 AM 6 min 52° 11° above NW 11° above ESE  
Thu Jul 19, 9:41 PM 6 min 45° 10° above WSW 11° above NNE  
Fri Jul 20, 4:13 AM 5 min 26° 11° above NNW 10° above E  
Fri Jul 20, 8:49 PM 6 min 78° 11° above SW 10° above NE  
Fri Jul 20, 10:30 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above N 10° above N  
Sat Jul 21, 3:21 AM 4 min 15° 10° above N 11° above ENE  
Sat Jul 21, 4:56 AM 6 min 48° 10° above WNW 12° above SSE  
Sat Jul 21, 9:37 PM 2 min 18° 18° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Sun Jul 22, 4:04 AM 6 min 71° 11° above NW 10° above SE  
Sun Jul 22, 8:42 PM 6 min 34° 12° above WSW 10° above NNE  
Tue Jul 24, 8:37 PM 1 min 15° 15° above NNW 11° above N  
2018-07-15 12:21:00.0,Sun Jul 15, 5:21 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NNE,10° above NNE|2018-07-17 12:12:00.0,Tue Jul 17, 5:12 AM,2 min,20°,10° above NNW,20° above NNE|2018-07-18 11:21:00.0,Wed Jul 18, 4:21 AM,< 1 min,11°,10° above N,11° above N|2018-07-19 03:58:00.0,Wed Jul 18, 8:58 PM,5 min,24°,11° above S,10° above ENE|2018-07-19 05:34:00.0,Wed Jul 18, 10:34 PM,5 min,23°,11° above W,11° above NNE|2018-07-19 12:04:00.0,Thu Jul 19, 5:04 AM,6 min,52°,11° above NW,11° above ESE|2018-07-20 04:41:00.0,Thu Jul 19, 9:41 PM,6 min,45°,10° above WSW,11° above NNE|2018-07-20 11:13:00.0,Fri Jul 20, 4:13 AM,5 min,26°,11° above NNW,10° above E|2018-07-21 03:49:00.0,Fri Jul 20, 8:49 PM,6 min,78°,11° above SW,10° above NE|2018-07-21 05:30:00.0,Fri Jul 20, 10:30 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above N,10° above N|2018-07-21 10:21:00.0,Sat Jul 21, 3:21 AM,4 min,15°,10° above N,11° above ENE|2018-07-21 11:56:00.0,Sat Jul 21, 4:56 AM,6 min,48°,10° above WNW,12° above SSE|2018-07-22 04:37:00.0,Sat Jul 21, 9:37 PM,2 min,18°,18° above NNW,10° above NNE|2018-07-22 11:04:00.0,Sun Jul 22, 4:04 AM,6 min,71°,11° above NW,10° above SE|2018-07-23 03:42:00.0,Sun Jul 22, 8:42 PM,6 min,34°,12° above WSW,10° above NNE|2018-07-25 03:37:00.0,Tue Jul 24, 8:37 PM,1 min,15°,15° above NNW,11° above N|

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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