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Location: Cape Coral, Florida, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Sep 12, 2018 through Friday Sep 28, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Sep 15, 6:49 AM 3 min 25° 11° above NNW 25° above NE  
Sun Sep 16, 5:58 AM 2 min 13° 10° above N 13° above NE  
Mon Sep 17, 6:41 AM 6 min 86° 11° above NW 12° above SE  
Tue Sep 18, 5:50 AM 3 min 34° 17° above NNW 27° above E  
Tue Sep 18, 8:47 PM 2 min 27° 11° above SSW 27° above S  
Wed Sep 19, 6:34 AM 5 min 25° 13° above WNW 11° above S  
Wed Sep 19, 7:56 PM 4 min 17° 10° above S 10° above E  
Wed Sep 19, 9:32 PM 1 min 16° 11° above W 16° above W  
Thu Sep 20, 5:46 AM 2 min 32° 32° above SSE 11° above SSE  
Thu Sep 20, 8:39 PM 5 min 50° 10° above WSW 21° above NNE  
Fri Sep 21, 7:47 PM 6 min 61° 11° above SSW 10° above NE  
Sat Sep 22, 8:35 PM 2 min 17° 17° above NW 11° above N  
Sun Sep 23, 7:43 PM 3 min 36° 34° above WNW 10° above NNE  
2018-09-15 10:49:00.0,Sat Sep 15, 6:49 AM,3 min,25°,11° above NNW,25° above NE|2018-09-16 09:58:00.0,Sun Sep 16, 5:58 AM,2 min,13°,10° above N,13° above NE|2018-09-17 10:41:00.0,Mon Sep 17, 6:41 AM,6 min,86°,11° above NW,12° above SE|2018-09-18 09:50:00.0,Tue Sep 18, 5:50 AM,3 min,34°,17° above NNW,27° above E|2018-09-19 00:47:00.0,Tue Sep 18, 8:47 PM,2 min,27°,11° above SSW,27° above S|2018-09-19 10:34:00.0,Wed Sep 19, 6:34 AM,5 min,25°,13° above WNW,11° above S|2018-09-19 23:56:00.0,Wed Sep 19, 7:56 PM,4 min,17°,10° above S,10° above E|2018-09-20 01:32:00.0,Wed Sep 19, 9:32 PM,1 min,16°,11° above W,16° above W|2018-09-20 09:46:00.0,Thu Sep 20, 5:46 AM,2 min,32°,32° above SSE,11° above SSE|2018-09-21 00:39:00.0,Thu Sep 20, 8:39 PM,5 min,50°,10° above WSW,21° above NNE|2018-09-21 23:47:00.0,Fri Sep 21, 7:47 PM,6 min,61°,11° above SSW,10° above NE|2018-09-23 00:35:00.0,Sat Sep 22, 8:35 PM,2 min,17°,17° above NW,11° above N|2018-09-23 23:43:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 7:43 PM,3 min,36°,34° above WNW,10° above NNE|

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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