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Location: Santa Clara, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Feb 24, 2021 through Thursday Mar 11, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Feb 24, 4:20 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above NE 10° above NE  
Wed Feb 24, 5:53 AM 3 min 15° 13° above NW 10° above NNE  
Thu Feb 25, 5:08 AM 2 min 18° 18° above N 10° above NNE  
Fri Feb 26, 4:22 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above NNE 10° above NNE  
Sat Feb 27, 5:09 AM 1 min 11° 11° above N 10° above N  
Thu Mar 4, 6:03 AM 2 min 11° 10° above N 10° above NE  
Sun Mar 7, 5:17 AM 4 min 15° 10° above NNW 10° above ENE  
Mon Mar 8, 4:30 AM 2 min 11° 11° above N 10° above NE  
Tue Mar 9, 6:18 AM 6 min 29° 10° above NNW 10° above E  
Wed Mar 10, 5:32 AM 3 min 20° 18° above N 10° above ENE  
Thu Mar 11, 4:47 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above NE 10° above ENE  
2021-02-24 12:20:00.0,Wed Feb 24, 4:20 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above NE,10° above NE|2021-02-24 13:53:00.0,Wed Feb 24, 5:53 AM,3 min,15°,13° above NW,10° above NNE|2021-02-25 13:08:00.0,Thu Feb 25, 5:08 AM,2 min,18°,18° above N,10° above NNE|2021-02-26 12:22:00.0,Fri Feb 26, 4:22 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NNE,10° above NNE|2021-02-27 13:09:00.0,Sat Feb 27, 5:09 AM,1 min,11°,11° above N,10° above N|2021-03-04 14:03:00.0,Thu Mar 4, 6:03 AM,2 min,11°,10° above N,10° above NE|2021-03-07 13:17:00.0,Sun Mar 7, 5:17 AM,4 min,15°,10° above NNW,10° above ENE|2021-03-08 12:30:00.0,Mon Mar 8, 4:30 AM,2 min,11°,11° above N,10° above NE|2021-03-09 13:18:00.0,Tue Mar 9, 6:18 AM,6 min,29°,10° above NNW,10° above E|2021-03-10 12:32:00.0,Wed Mar 10, 5:32 AM,3 min,20°,18° above N,10° above ENE|2021-03-11 11:47:00.0,Thu Mar 11, 4:47 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NE,10° above ENE|

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 chart. Click the link for a detailed description of the astronomical horizon and sighting alert messages.