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The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Jun 22, 2018 through Sunday Jul 8, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Jun 30, 4:20 AM 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above ESE  
Sun Jul 1, 5:01 AM 4 min 54° 10° above SW 37° above E  
Mon Jul 2, 4:11 AM 4 min 26° 16° above S 15° above E  
Tue Jul 3, 3:21 AM 1 min 13° 13° above SE 10° above E  
Tue Jul 3, 4:53 AM 4 min 56° 10° above WSW 34° above NNE  
Wed Jul 4, 4:03 AM 3 min 71° 36° above SW 28° above ENE  
Thu Jul 5, 3:13 AM 2 min 30° 30° above ESE 12° above ENE  
Thu Jul 5, 4:46 AM 4 min 26° 11° above W 19° above N  
Fri Jul 6, 3:56 AM 2 min 44° 30° above W 29° above NNE  
Sat Jul 7, 3:05 AM 1 min 48° 48° above NE 20° above NE  
Sat Jul 7, 4:40 AM 3 min 15° 11° above WNW 12° above N  
2018-06-30 09:20:00.0,Sat Jun 30, 4:20 AM,1 min,10°,10° above SE,10° above ESE|2018-07-01 10:01:00.0,Sun Jul 1, 5:01 AM,4 min,54°,10° above SW,37° above E|2018-07-02 09:11:00.0,Mon Jul 2, 4:11 AM,4 min,26°,16° above S,15° above E|2018-07-03 08:21:00.0,Tue Jul 3, 3:21 AM,1 min,13°,13° above SE,10° above E|2018-07-03 09:53:00.0,Tue Jul 3, 4:53 AM,4 min,56°,10° above WSW,34° above NNE|2018-07-04 09:03:00.0,Wed Jul 4, 4:03 AM,3 min,71°,36° above SW,28° above ENE|2018-07-05 08:13:00.0,Thu Jul 5, 3:13 AM,2 min,30°,30° above ESE,12° above ENE|2018-07-05 09:46:00.0,Thu Jul 5, 4:46 AM,4 min,26°,11° above W,19° above N|2018-07-06 08:56:00.0,Fri Jul 6, 3:56 AM,2 min,44°,30° above W,29° above NNE|2018-07-07 08:05:00.0,Sat Jul 7, 3:05 AM,1 min,48°,48° above NE,20° above NE|2018-07-07 09:40:00.0,Sat Jul 7, 4:40 AM,3 min,15°,11° above WNW,12° above N|

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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