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Location: Santa Clara, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Mar 20, 2019 through Thursday Apr 4, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Mar 20, 8:57 PM 3 min 76° 10° above SW 76° above W  
Thu Mar 21, 8:07 PM 6 min 47° 11° above SSW 13° above ENE  
Thu Mar 21, 9:45 PM < 1 min 17° 17° above NW 17° above NW  
Fri Mar 22, 8:54 PM 2 min 31° 28° above WNW 19° above NNE  
Sat Mar 23, 8:03 PM 4 min 57° 33° above WSW 10° above NE  
Sat Mar 23, 9:40 PM 1 min 12° 11° above NW 11° above NNW  
Sun Mar 24, 8:50 PM 3 min 16° 15° above NW 10° above NNE  
Mon Mar 25, 7:59 PM 3 min 24° 23° above NW 10° above NNE  
Tue Mar 26, 8:46 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above NNW 10° above NNW  
Wed Mar 27, 7:54 PM 2 min 13° 13° above NW 10° above N  
Sun Mar 31, 9:24 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above N 10° above N  
Tue Apr 2, 9:18 PM 1 min 15° 11° above NNW 15° above NNE  
Wed Apr 3, 8:28 PM 2 min 11° 10° above N 10° above NE  
Wed Apr 3, 10:04 PM < 1 min 15° 15° above NW 15° above NW  
2019-03-21 03:57:00.0,Wed Mar 20, 8:57 PM,3 min,76°,10° above SW,76° above W|2019-03-22 03:07:00.0,Thu Mar 21, 8:07 PM,6 min,47°,11° above SSW,13° above ENE|2019-03-22 04:45:00.0,Thu Mar 21, 9:45 PM,< 1 min,17°,17° above NW,17° above NW|2019-03-23 03:54:00.0,Fri Mar 22, 8:54 PM,2 min,31°,28° above WNW,19° above NNE|2019-03-24 03:03:00.0,Sat Mar 23, 8:03 PM,4 min,57°,33° above WSW,10° above NE|2019-03-24 04:40:00.0,Sat Mar 23, 9:40 PM,1 min,12°,11° above NW,11° above NNW|2019-03-25 03:50:00.0,Sun Mar 24, 8:50 PM,3 min,16°,15° above NW,10° above NNE|2019-03-26 02:59:00.0,Mon Mar 25, 7:59 PM,3 min,24°,23° above NW,10° above NNE|2019-03-27 03:46:00.0,Tue Mar 26, 8:46 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NNW,10° above NNW|2019-03-28 02:54:00.0,Wed Mar 27, 7:54 PM,2 min,13°,13° above NW,10° above N|2019-04-01 04:24:00.0,Sun Mar 31, 9:24 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above N,10° above N|2019-04-03 04:18:00.0,Tue Apr 2, 9:18 PM,1 min,15°,11° above NNW,15° above NNE|2019-04-04 03:28:00.0,Wed Apr 3, 8:28 PM,2 min,11°,10° above N,10° above NE|2019-04-04 05:04:00.0,Wed Apr 3, 10:04 PM,< 1 min,15°,15° above NW,15° above NW|

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