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Location: San Diego, 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
Wed Oct 24, 5:52 AM 2 min 16° 10° above SSE 16° above SE  
Thu Oct 25, 6:36 AM 5 min 70° 10° above SW 18° above NE  
Fri Oct 26, 5:44 AM 5 min 48° 15° above SSW 11° above ENE  
Sat Oct 27, 4:55 AM < 1 min 21° 21° above ESE 18° above E  
Sat Oct 27, 6:29 AM 5 min 25° 11° above W 10° above NNE  
Sun Oct 28, 5:39 AM 3 min 49° 49° above NNW 12° above NE  
Mon Oct 29, 4:50 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above NE 11° above NE  
Mon Oct 29, 6:23 AM 2 min 12° 10° above NW 10° above N  
Tue Oct 30, 5:33 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above N 11° above NNE  
2018-10-24 12:52:00.0,Wed Oct 24, 5:52 AM,2 min,16°,10° above SSE,16° above SE|2018-10-25 13:36:00.0,Thu Oct 25, 6:36 AM,5 min,70°,10° above SW,18° above NE|2018-10-26 12:44:00.0,Fri Oct 26, 5:44 AM,5 min,48°,15° above SSW,11° above ENE|2018-10-27 11:55:00.0,Sat Oct 27, 4:55 AM,< 1 min,21°,21° above ESE,18° above E|2018-10-27 13:29:00.0,Sat Oct 27, 6:29 AM,5 min,25°,11° above W,10° above NNE|2018-10-28 12:39:00.0,Sun Oct 28, 5:39 AM,3 min,49°,49° above NNW,12° above NE|2018-10-29 11:50:00.0,Mon Oct 29, 4:50 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NE,11° above NE|2018-10-29 13:23:00.0,Mon Oct 29, 6:23 AM,2 min,12°,10° above NW,10° above N|2018-10-30 12:33:00.0,Tue Oct 30, 5:33 AM,< 1 min,14°,14° above N,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