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Location: Louisville, Kentucky, 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
Sat Jul 23, 5:52 AM 3 min 26° 10° above NNW 26° above NNE  
Sun Jul 24, 5:00 AM 2 min 16° 10° above NNW 16° above NNE  
Mon Jul 25, 4:07 AM < 1 min 12° 10° above N 12° above N  
Mon Jul 25, 5:42 AM 6 min 56° 10° above NW 12° above ESE  
Mon Jul 25, 10:21 PM 5 min 39° 11° above SSW 14° above ENE  
Mon Jul 25, 11:58 PM 2 min 20° 11° above W 20° above NW  
Tue Jul 26, 4:50 AM 6 min 30° 10° above NNW 10° above E  
Tue Jul 26, 9:29 PM 4 min 19° 11° above S 11° above E  
Tue Jul 26, 11:04 PM 6 min 38° 10° above WSW 10° above NE  
Wed Jul 27, 3:57 AM 5 min 19° 10° above NNW 10° above ENE  
Wed Jul 27, 5:33 AM 6 min 54° 10° above WNW 12° above SE  
Wed Jul 27, 10:11 PM 6 min 75° 10° above SW 10° above NE  
Wed Jul 27, 11:52 PM 1 min 13° 13° above N 10° above N  
Thu Jul 28, 3:07 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above NE 10° above NE  
Thu Jul 28, 4:40 AM 6 min 69° 10° above NW 10° above ESE  
Thu Jul 28, 6:19 AM 1 min 10° 10° above WSW 10° above SW  
Thu Jul 28, 9:18 PM 6 min 49° 11° above SSW 10° above ENE  
Thu Jul 28, 10:58 PM 2 min 20° 20° above NNW 11° above NNE  
Fri Jul 29, 10:02 PM 5 min 32° 11° above W 12° above NNE  
Sat Jul 30, 10:49 PM 1 min 12° 12° above NNW 10° above N  
Sun Jul 31, 9:56 PM 2 min 18° 18° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Tue Aug 2, 9:46 PM 1 min 12° 12° above NNW 10° above N  
Thu Aug 4, 00:07 AM < 1 min 11° 10° above N 11° above N  
Fri Aug 5, 11:57 PM < 1 min 13° 13° above N 13° above N  
2016-07-23 09:52:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 5:52 AM,3 min,26°,10° above NNW,26° above NNE|2016-07-24 09:00:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 5:00 AM,2 min,16°,10° above NNW,16° above NNE|2016-07-25 08:07:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 4:07 AM,< 1 min,12°,10° above N,12° above N|2016-07-25 09:42:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 5:42 AM,6 min,56°,10° above NW,12° above ESE|2016-07-26 02:21:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 10:21 PM,5 min,39°,11° above SSW,14° above ENE|2016-07-26 03:58:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 11:58 PM,2 min,20°,11° above W,20° above NW|2016-07-26 08:50:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 4:50 AM,6 min,30°,10° above NNW,10° above E|2016-07-27 01:29:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 9:29 PM,4 min,19°,11° above S,11° above E|2016-07-27 03:04:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 11:04 PM,6 min,38°,10° above WSW,10° above NE|2016-07-27 07:57:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 3:57 AM,5 min,19°,10° above NNW,10° above ENE|2016-07-27 09:33:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 5:33 AM,6 min,54°,10° above WNW,12° above SE|2016-07-28 02:11:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 10:11 PM,6 min,75°,10° above SW,10° above NE|2016-07-28 03:52:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 11:52 PM,1 min,13°,13° above N,10° above N|2016-07-28 07:07:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 3:07 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above NE,10° above NE|2016-07-28 08:40:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 4:40 AM,6 min,69°,10° above NW,10° above ESE|2016-07-28 10:19:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 6:19 AM,1 min,10°,10° above WSW,10° above SW|2016-07-29 01:18:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 9:18 PM,6 min,49°,11° above SSW,10° above ENE|2016-07-29 02:58:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 10:58 PM,2 min,20°,20° above NNW,11° above NNE|2016-07-30 02:02:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 10:02 PM,5 min,32°,11° above W,12° above NNE|2016-07-31 02:49:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 10:49 PM,1 min,12°,12° above NNW,10° above N|2016-08-01 01:56:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 9:56 PM,2 min,18°,18° above NNW,10° above NNE|2016-08-03 01:46:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 9:46 PM,1 min,12°,12° above NNW,10° above N|2016-08-04 04:07:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 00:07 AM,< 1 min,11°,10° above N,11° above N|2016-08-06 03:57:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 11:57 PM,< 1 min,13°,13° above N,13° 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

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