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Location: San Jose, 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
Thu Jul 12, 3:04 AM 2 min 11° 10° above NW 10° above N  
Fri Jul 13, 2:14 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above N 14° above N  
Sun Jul 15, 2:05 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above NNW 10° above NNW  
Sun Jul 15, 5:19 AM 1 min 14° 10° above N 14° above NNE  
Mon Jul 16, 4:28 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above N 10° above N  
Tue Jul 17, 5:11 AM 3 min 26° 10° above NNW 26° above NNE  
Wed Jul 18, 4:19 AM 2 min 16° 10° above NNW 16° above NNE  
Wed Jul 18, 9:00 PM 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above ESE  
Wed Jul 18, 10:33 PM 6 min 64° 10° above WSW 10° above NE  
Thu Jul 19, 00:12 AM 3 min 12° 10° above NW 10° above N  
Thu Jul 19, 3:28 AM < 1 min 11° 10° above N 11° above N  
Thu Jul 19, 5:03 AM 6 min 61° 10° above NW 10° above ESE  
Thu Jul 19, 9:41 PM 6 min 59° 11° above SW 11° above ENE  
Thu Jul 19, 11:19 PM 4 min 17° 10° above WNW 11° above NNE  
Fri Jul 20, 4:11 AM 6 min 32° 10° above NNW 11° above E  
Fri Jul 20, 8:49 PM 5 min 27° 10° above SSW 11° above ENE  
Fri Jul 20, 10:26 PM 5 min 27° 11° above W 10° above NNE  
Sat Jul 21, 3:19 AM 5 min 20° 10° above NNW 11° above ENE  
Sat Jul 21, 4:55 AM 6 min 46° 10° above WNW 12° above SSE  
Sat Jul 21, 9:33 PM 6 min 49° 10° above WSW 12° above NE  
Sat Jul 21, 11:14 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above N 10° above N  
Sun Jul 22, 2:27 AM 3 min 13° 10° above N 10° above NE  
Sun Jul 22, 4:03 AM 6 min 80° 10° above NW 11° above SE  
Sun Jul 22, 8:46 PM 2 min 35° 35° above NE 10° above NE  
Sun Jul 22, 10:22 PM 1 min 14° 14° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Mon Jul 23, 9:29 PM 2 min 22° 22° above NNW 11° above NNE  
Wed Jul 25, 9:22 PM 1 min 13° 13° above NNW 10° above N  
2018-07-12 10:04:00.0,Thu Jul 12, 3:04 AM,2 min,11°,10° above NW,10° above N|2018-07-13 09:14:00.0,Fri Jul 13, 2:14 AM,< 1 min,14°,14° above N,14° above N|2018-07-15 09:05:00.0,Sun Jul 15, 2:05 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NNW,10° above NNW|2018-07-15 12:19:00.0,Sun Jul 15, 5:19 AM,1 min,14°,10° above N,14° above NNE|2018-07-16 11:28:00.0,Mon Jul 16, 4:28 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above N,10° above N|2018-07-17 12:11:00.0,Tue Jul 17, 5:11 AM,3 min,26°,10° above NNW,26° above NNE|2018-07-18 11:19:00.0,Wed Jul 18, 4:19 AM,2 min,16°,10° above NNW,16° above NNE|2018-07-19 04:00:00.0,Wed Jul 18, 9:00 PM,1 min,10°,10° above SE,10° above ESE|2018-07-19 05:33:00.0,Wed Jul 18, 10:33 PM,6 min,64°,10° above WSW,10° above NE|2018-07-19 07:12:00.0,Thu Jul 19, 00:12 AM,3 min,12°,10° above NW,10° above N|2018-07-19 10:28:00.0,Thu Jul 19, 3:28 AM,< 1 min,11°,10° above N,11° above N|2018-07-19 12:03:00.0,Thu Jul 19, 5:03 AM,6 min,61°,10° above NW,10° above ESE|2018-07-20 04:41:00.0,Thu Jul 19, 9:41 PM,6 min,59°,11° above SW,11° above ENE|2018-07-20 06:19:00.0,Thu Jul 19, 11:19 PM,4 min,17°,10° above WNW,11° above NNE|2018-07-20 11:11:00.0,Fri Jul 20, 4:11 AM,6 min,32°,10° above NNW,11° above E|2018-07-21 03:49:00.0,Fri Jul 20, 8:49 PM,5 min,27°,10° above SSW,11° above ENE|2018-07-21 05:26:00.0,Fri Jul 20, 10:26 PM,5 min,27°,11° above W,10° above NNE|2018-07-21 10:19:00.0,Sat Jul 21, 3:19 AM,5 min,20°,10° above NNW,11° above ENE|2018-07-21 11:55:00.0,Sat Jul 21, 4:55 AM,6 min,46°,10° above WNW,12° above SSE|2018-07-22 04:33:00.0,Sat Jul 21, 9:33 PM,6 min,49°,10° above WSW,12° above NE|2018-07-22 06:14:00.0,Sat Jul 21, 11:14 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above N,10° above N|2018-07-22 09:27:00.0,Sun Jul 22, 2:27 AM,3 min,13°,10° above N,10° above NE|2018-07-22 11:03:00.0,Sun Jul 22, 4:03 AM,6 min,80°,10° above NW,11° above SE|2018-07-23 03:46:00.0,Sun Jul 22, 8:46 PM,2 min,35°,35° above NE,10° above NE|2018-07-23 05:22:00.0,Sun Jul 22, 10:22 PM,1 min,14°,14° above NNW,10° above NNE|2018-07-24 04:29:00.0,Mon Jul 23, 9:29 PM,2 min,22°,22° above NNW,11° above NNE|2018-07-26 04:22:00.0,Wed Jul 25, 9:22 PM,1 min,13°,13° above NNW,10° 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.

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