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Location: Tampa, Florida, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Jul 22, 2016 through Sunday Aug 7, 2016

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Jul 24, 9:36 PM < 1 min 14° 10° above SSW 14° above S  
Mon Jul 25, 5:46 AM 2 min 17° 10° above N 17° above NNE  
Mon Jul 25, 8:45 PM 3 min 13° 10° above SSE 10° above E  
Mon Jul 25, 10:20 PM 5 min 30° 11° above WSW 11° above NNE  
Tue Jul 26, 6:28 AM 1 min 19° 10° above NW 19° above NW  
Tue Jul 26, 9:26 PM 6 min 75° 11° above SW 12° above NE  
Wed Jul 27, 5:35 AM 6 min 47° 10° above NNW 11° above ESE  
Wed Jul 27, 10:14 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above NNW 10° above N  
Thu Jul 28, 4:43 AM 5 min 21° 10° above N 10° above E  
Thu Jul 28, 6:19 AM 5 min 19° 10° above W 10° above S  
Thu Jul 28, 9:20 PM 2 min 23° 23° above NNW 11° above NNE  
Fri Jul 29, 5:29 AM 3 min 48° 48° above SW 11° above SSE  
2016-07-25 01:36:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 9:36 PM,< 1 min,14°,10° above SSW,14° above S|2016-07-25 09:46:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 5:46 AM,2 min,17°,10° above N,17° above NNE|2016-07-26 00:45:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 8:45 PM,3 min,13°,10° above SSE,10° above E|2016-07-26 02:20:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 10:20 PM,5 min,30°,11° above WSW,11° above NNE|2016-07-26 10:28:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 6:28 AM,1 min,19°,10° above NW,19° above NW|2016-07-27 01:26:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 9:26 PM,6 min,75°,11° above SW,12° above NE|2016-07-27 09:35:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 5:35 AM,6 min,47°,10° above NNW,11° above ESE|2016-07-28 02:14:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 10:14 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NNW,10° above N|2016-07-28 08:43:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 4:43 AM,5 min,21°,10° above N,10° above E|2016-07-28 10:19:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 6:19 AM,5 min,19°,10° above W,10° above S|2016-07-29 01:20:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 9:20 PM,2 min,23°,23° above NNW,11° above NNE|2016-07-29 09:29:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 5:29 AM,3 min,48°,48° above SW,11° above SSE|

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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

Visit the JSC Flickr photo gallery of ISS sightings

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