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The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Apr 19, 2024 through Saturday May 4, 2024

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Apr 20, 5:19 AM 2 min 12° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Tue Apr 23, 4:28 AM 4 min 16° 10° above S 10° above E  
Wed Apr 24, 3:41 AM 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above ESE  
Thu Apr 25, 4:27 AM 5 min 33° 19° above SSW 10° above E  
Fri Apr 26, 3:39 AM 3 min 22° 22° above SSE 10° above E  
Sat Apr 27, 2:52 AM 1 min 13° 13° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Sat Apr 27, 4:25 AM 5 min 64° 21° above SW 10° above ENE  
Sun Apr 28, 3:38 AM 4 min 44° 41° above S 10° above ENE  
Mon Apr 29, 2:50 AM 2 min 23° 23° above ESE 10° above E  
Mon Apr 29, 4:23 AM 6 min 80° 16° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Tue Apr 30, 3:36 AM 4 min 81° 48° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Wed May 1, 2:48 AM 3 min 44° 44° above ESE 10° above ENE  
Wed May 1, 4:21 AM 6 min 62° 12° above W 10° above ENE  
Thu May 2, 2:01 AM 1 min 17° 17° above E 10° above E  
Thu May 2, 3:33 AM 5 min 70° 28° above W 10° above ENE  
Fri May 3, 2:46 AM 3 min 84° 78° above NE 10° above ENE  
Fri May 3, 4:19 AM 7 min 61° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Sat May 4, 1:58 AM 2 min 25° 25° above ENE 10° above ENE  
Sat May 4, 3:31 AM 6 min 60° 18° above WNW 10° above E  
{ts '2024-04-20 11:19:00'},Sat Apr 20, 5:19 AM,2 min,12°,10° above SSE,10° above ESE|{ts '2024-04-23 10:28:00'},Tue Apr 23, 4:28 AM,4 min,16°,10° above S,10° above E|{ts '2024-04-24 09:41:00'},Wed Apr 24, 3:41 AM,1 min,10°,10° above SE,10° above ESE|{ts '2024-04-25 10:27:00'},Thu Apr 25, 4:27 AM,5 min,33°,19° above SSW,10° above E|{ts '2024-04-26 09:39:00'},Fri Apr 26, 3:39 AM,3 min,22°,22° above SSE,10° above E|{ts '2024-04-27 08:52:00'},Sat Apr 27, 2:52 AM,1 min,13°,13° above ESE,10° above ESE|{ts '2024-04-27 10:25:00'},Sat Apr 27, 4:25 AM,5 min,64°,21° above SW,10° above ENE|{ts '2024-04-28 09:38:00'},Sun Apr 28, 3:38 AM,4 min,44°,41° above S,10° above ENE|{ts '2024-04-29 08:50:00'},Mon Apr 29, 2:50 AM,2 min,23°,23° above ESE,10° above E|{ts '2024-04-29 10:23:00'},Mon Apr 29, 4:23 AM,6 min,80°,16° above WSW,10° above ENE|{ts '2024-04-30 09:36:00'},Tue Apr 30, 3:36 AM,4 min,81°,48° above WSW,10° above ENE|{ts '2024-05-01 08:48:00'},Wed May 1, 2:48 AM,3 min,44°,44° above ESE,10° above ENE|{ts '2024-05-01 10:21:00'},Wed May 1, 4:21 AM,6 min,62°,12° above W,10° above ENE|{ts '2024-05-02 08:01:00'},Thu May 2, 2:01 AM,1 min,17°,17° above E,10° above E|{ts '2024-05-02 09:33:00'},Thu May 2, 3:33 AM,5 min,70°,28° above W,10° above ENE|{ts '2024-05-03 08:46:00'},Fri May 3, 2:46 AM,3 min,84°,78° above NE,10° above ENE|{ts '2024-05-03 10:19:00'},Fri May 3, 4:19 AM,7 min,61°,10° above WNW,10° above E|{ts '2024-05-04 07:58:00'},Sat May 4, 1:58 AM,2 min,25°,25° above ENE,10° above ENE|{ts '2024-05-04 09:31:00'},Sat May 4, 3:31 AM,6 min,60°,18° above WNW,10° above E|

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.