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Location: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Jul 22, 2024 through Tuesday Aug 6, 2024

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Jul 23, 11:04 PM < 1 min 11° 10° above NNW 11° above NNW  
Wed Jul 24, 10:16 PM 1 min 13° 10° above N 13° above NNE  
Thu Jul 25, 11:03 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above NW 12° above NW  
Fri Jul 26, 10:14 PM 2 min 28° 10° above NNW 28° above N  
Sat Jul 27, 9:26 PM 3 min 21° 10° above NNW 19° above ENE  
Sun Jul 28, 8:38 PM 3 min 13° 10° above N 10° above ENE  
Sun Jul 28, 10:14 PM 2 min 31° 10° above NW 31° above WNW  
Mon Jul 29, 9:25 PM 4 min 70° 10° above NW 48° above ESE  
Tue Jul 30, 8:36 PM 6 min 33° 10° above NNW 12° above ESE  
Tue Jul 30, 10:14 PM 1 min 13° 10° above W 13° above WSW  
Wed Jul 31, 9:25 PM 4 min 28° 10° above WNW 21° above SSW  
Thu Aug 1, 8:36 PM 7 min 59° 10° above NW 10° above SSE  
Sat Aug 3, 8:38 PM 4 min 15° 10° above W 10° above SSW  
{ts '2024-07-24 04:04:00'},Tue Jul 23, 11:04 PM,< 1 min,11°,10° above NNW,11° above NNW|{ts '2024-07-25 03:16:00'},Wed Jul 24, 10:16 PM,1 min,13°,10° above N,13° above NNE|{ts '2024-07-26 04:03:00'},Thu Jul 25, 11:03 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above NW,12° above NW|{ts '2024-07-27 03:14:00'},Fri Jul 26, 10:14 PM,2 min,28°,10° above NNW,28° above N|{ts '2024-07-28 02:26:00'},Sat Jul 27, 9:26 PM,3 min,21°,10° above NNW,19° above ENE|{ts '2024-07-29 01:38:00'},Sun Jul 28, 8:38 PM,3 min,13°,10° above N,10° above ENE|{ts '2024-07-29 03:14:00'},Sun Jul 28, 10:14 PM,2 min,31°,10° above NW,31° above WNW|{ts '2024-07-30 02:25:00'},Mon Jul 29, 9:25 PM,4 min,70°,10° above NW,48° above ESE|{ts '2024-07-31 01:36:00'},Tue Jul 30, 8:36 PM,6 min,33°,10° above NNW,12° above ESE|{ts '2024-07-31 03:14:00'},Tue Jul 30, 10:14 PM,1 min,13°,10° above W,13° above WSW|{ts '2024-08-01 02:25:00'},Wed Jul 31, 9:25 PM,4 min,28°,10° above WNW,21° above SSW|{ts '2024-08-02 01:36:00'},Thu Aug 1, 8:36 PM,7 min,59°,10° above NW,10° above SSE|{ts '2024-08-04 01:38:00'},Sat Aug 3, 8:38 PM,4 min,15°,10° above W,10° above SSW|

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.