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Location: Fryeburg, Maine, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Nov 16, 2018 through Saturday Dec 1, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Nov 23, 6:00 PM 1 min 21° 11° above SSW 21° above S  
Sat Nov 24, 5:08 PM 3 min 15° 10° above S 13° above ESE  
Sat Nov 24, 6:44 PM < 1 min 19° 12° above WSW 19° above WSW  
Sun Nov 25, 5:52 PM 2 min 62° 15° above SW 62° above SSE  
Mon Nov 26, 5:00 PM 5 min 33° 10° above SSW 16° above E  
Mon Nov 26, 6:37 PM < 1 min 24° 20° above W 24° above WNW  
Tue Nov 27, 5:45 PM 2 min 60° 33° above W 42° above NNE  
Wed Nov 28, 4:53 PM 4 min 78° 36° above SW 13° above ENE  
Wed Nov 28, 6:29 PM 1 min 20° 13° above WNW 20° above NW  
Thu Nov 29, 5:37 PM 3 min 34° 20° above WNW 28° above NNE  
Fri Nov 30, 4:46 PM 4 min 50° 32° above W 10° above NE  
Fri Nov 30, 6:21 PM 1 min 18° 10° above WNW 18° above NW  
2018-11-23 23:00:00.0,Fri Nov 23, 6:00 PM,1 min,21°,11° above SSW,21° above S|2018-11-24 22:08:00.0,Sat Nov 24, 5:08 PM,3 min,15°,10° above S,13° above ESE|2018-11-24 23:44:00.0,Sat Nov 24, 6:44 PM,< 1 min,19°,12° above WSW,19° above WSW|2018-11-25 22:52:00.0,Sun Nov 25, 5:52 PM,2 min,62°,15° above SW,62° above SSE|2018-11-26 22:00:00.0,Mon Nov 26, 5:00 PM,5 min,33°,10° above SSW,16° above E|2018-11-26 23:37:00.0,Mon Nov 26, 6:37 PM,< 1 min,24°,20° above W,24° above WNW|2018-11-27 22:45:00.0,Tue Nov 27, 5:45 PM,2 min,60°,33° above W,42° above NNE|2018-11-28 21:53:00.0,Wed Nov 28, 4:53 PM,4 min,78°,36° above SW,13° above ENE|2018-11-28 23:29:00.0,Wed Nov 28, 6:29 PM,1 min,20°,13° above WNW,20° above NW|2018-11-29 22:37:00.0,Thu Nov 29, 5:37 PM,3 min,34°,20° above WNW,28° above NNE|2018-11-30 21:46:00.0,Fri Nov 30, 4:46 PM,4 min,50°,32° above W,10° above NE|2018-11-30 23:21:00.0,Fri Nov 30, 6:21 PM,1 min,18°,10° above WNW,18° above NW|

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