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Location: Tampa, Florida, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Feb 6, 2023 through Tuesday Feb 21, 2023

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Feb 6, 7:36 PM 4 min 15° 10° above W 10° above SSW  
Tue Feb 7, 6:47 PM 6 min 28° 10° above WNW 10° above S  
Sun Feb 12, 6:37 AM 3 min 13° 10° above SSE 10° above E  
Tue Feb 14, 6:36 AM 6 min 51° 10° above SSW 10° above NE  
Wed Feb 15, 5:48 AM 5 min 24° 10° above S 10° above ENE  
Thu Feb 16, 5:02 AM 2 min 12° 11° above SE 10° above ESE  
Thu Feb 16, 6:36 AM 6 min 36° 10° above WSW 10° above NNE  
Fri Feb 17, 5:50 AM 4 min 78° 48° above WSW 10° above NE  
Sat Feb 18, 5:04 AM 1 min 20° 20° above ENE 10° above NE  
Sun Feb 19, 5:52 AM 2 min 18° 18° above NNW 10° above N  
2023-02-07 00:36:00.0,Mon Feb 6, 7:36 PM,4 min,15°,10° above W,10° above SSW|2023-02-07 23:47:00.0,Tue Feb 7, 6:47 PM,6 min,28°,10° above WNW,10° above S|2023-02-12 11:37:00.0,Sun Feb 12, 6:37 AM,3 min,13°,10° above SSE,10° above E|2023-02-14 11:36:00.0,Tue Feb 14, 6:36 AM,6 min,51°,10° above SSW,10° above NE|2023-02-15 10:48:00.0,Wed Feb 15, 5:48 AM,5 min,24°,10° above S,10° above ENE|2023-02-16 10:02:00.0,Thu Feb 16, 5:02 AM,2 min,12°,11° above SE,10° above ESE|2023-02-16 11:36:00.0,Thu Feb 16, 6:36 AM,6 min,36°,10° above WSW,10° above NNE|2023-02-17 10:50:00.0,Fri Feb 17, 5:50 AM,4 min,78°,48° above WSW,10° above NE|2023-02-18 10:04:00.0,Sat Feb 18, 5:04 AM,1 min,20°,20° above ENE,10° above NE|2023-02-19 10:52:00.0,Sun Feb 19, 5:52 AM,2 min,18°,18° above NNW,10° above N|

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.