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Location: San Jose, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Nov 16, 2018 through Saturday Dec 1, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Nov 16, 4:22 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Fri Nov 16, 5:54 AM 2 min 11° 11° above WSW 10° above SSW  
Sat Nov 17, 5:05 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above S 10° above S  
Wed Nov 21, 6:12 PM 1 min 16° 10° above S 16° above SSE  
Thu Nov 22, 6:55 PM 2 min 29° 10° above SW 29° above SW  
Fri Nov 23, 6:03 PM 4 min 46° 11° above SSW 32° above E  
Sat Nov 24, 5:13 PM 3 min 22° 22° above SE 11° above E  
Sat Nov 24, 6:48 PM 1 min 31° 19° above W 31° above NW  
Sun Nov 25, 5:57 PM 3 min 61° 34° above WSW 22° above NE  
Mon Nov 26, 6:41 PM 2 min 17° 11° above WNW 17° above NNW  
Tue Nov 27, 5:49 PM 4 min 26° 20° above WNW 12° above NNE  
Wed Nov 28, 6:34 PM 1 min 10° 10° above NNW 10° above NNW  
Thu Nov 29, 5:41 PM 4 min 14° 10° above WNW 10° above NNE  
2018-11-16 12:22:00.0,Fri Nov 16, 4:22 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above ESE,10° above ESE|2018-11-16 13:54:00.0,Fri Nov 16, 5:54 AM,2 min,11°,11° above WSW,10° above SSW|2018-11-17 13:05:00.0,Sat Nov 17, 5:05 AM,< 1 min,14°,14° above S,10° above S|2018-11-22 02:12:00.0,Wed Nov 21, 6:12 PM,1 min,16°,10° above S,16° above SSE|2018-11-23 02:55:00.0,Thu Nov 22, 6:55 PM,2 min,29°,10° above SW,29° above SW|2018-11-24 02:03:00.0,Fri Nov 23, 6:03 PM,4 min,46°,11° above SSW,32° above E|2018-11-25 01:13:00.0,Sat Nov 24, 5:13 PM,3 min,22°,22° above SE,11° above E|2018-11-25 02:48:00.0,Sat Nov 24, 6:48 PM,1 min,31°,19° above W,31° above NW|2018-11-26 01:57:00.0,Sun Nov 25, 5:57 PM,3 min,61°,34° above WSW,22° above NE|2018-11-27 02:41:00.0,Mon Nov 26, 6:41 PM,2 min,17°,11° above WNW,17° above NNW|2018-11-28 01:49:00.0,Tue Nov 27, 5:49 PM,4 min,26°,20° above WNW,12° above NNE|2018-11-29 02:34:00.0,Wed Nov 28, 6:34 PM,1 min,10°,10° above NNW,10° above NNW|2018-11-30 01:41:00.0,Thu Nov 29, 5:41 PM,4 min,14°,10° above WNW,10° 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