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Location: Cape Coral, Florida, 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
Wed Jul 18, 5:52 AM < 1 min 12° 10° above N 12° above NNE  
Wed Jul 18, 8:50 PM 3 min 13° 10° above SSE 10° above E  
Wed Jul 18, 10:25 PM 5 min 28° 11° above WSW 10° above NNE  
Thu Jul 19, 9:33 PM 6 min 69° 11° above SW 12° above NE  
Fri Jul 20, 5:43 AM 6 min 35° 10° above NNW 10° above ESE  
Fri Jul 20, 8:41 PM 6 min 43° 11° above SSW 10° above NE  
Fri Jul 20, 10:22 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above NNW 10° above NNW  
Sat Jul 21, 4:51 AM 4 min 17° 10° above N 10° above E  
Sat Jul 21, 9:29 PM 2 min 21° 21° above NNW 10° above N  
Sun Jul 22, 5:35 AM 6 min 62° 10° above NW 10° above SSE  
Mon Jul 23, 4:48 AM < 1 min 17° 17° above ESE 11° above ESE  
2018-07-18 09:52:00.0,Wed Jul 18, 5:52 AM,< 1 min,12°,10° above N,12° above NNE|2018-07-19 00:50:00.0,Wed Jul 18, 8:50 PM,3 min,13°,10° above SSE,10° above E|2018-07-19 02:25:00.0,Wed Jul 18, 10:25 PM,5 min,28°,11° above WSW,10° above NNE|2018-07-20 01:33:00.0,Thu Jul 19, 9:33 PM,6 min,69°,11° above SW,12° above NE|2018-07-20 09:43:00.0,Fri Jul 20, 5:43 AM,6 min,35°,10° above NNW,10° above ESE|2018-07-21 00:41:00.0,Fri Jul 20, 8:41 PM,6 min,43°,11° above SSW,10° above NE|2018-07-21 02:22:00.0,Fri Jul 20, 10:22 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NNW,10° above NNW|2018-07-21 08:51:00.0,Sat Jul 21, 4:51 AM,4 min,17°,10° above N,10° above E|2018-07-22 01:29:00.0,Sat Jul 21, 9:29 PM,2 min,21°,21° above NNW,10° above N|2018-07-22 09:35:00.0,Sun Jul 22, 5:35 AM,6 min,62°,10° above NW,10° above SSE|2018-07-23 08:48:00.0,Mon Jul 23, 4:48 AM,< 1 min,17°,17° above ESE,11° above ESE|

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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.

Astronomical Horizon