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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Mar 13, 2019 through Friday Mar 29, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Mar 14, 6:06 AM 4 min 58° 41° above NNW 12° above ESE  
Fri Mar 15, 5:17 AM 1 min 21° 21° above E 10° above E  
Fri Mar 15, 6:50 AM 5 min 31° 16° above W 11° above SSE  
Sat Mar 16, 6:02 AM 3 min 51° 51° above S 10° above SE  
Sun Mar 17, 6:47 AM 1 min 13° 13° above SW 10° above SSW  
Wed Mar 20, 8:53 PM 2 min 20° 11° above S 20° above SSE  
Thu Mar 21, 9:37 PM 2 min 45° 10° above WSW 45° above WSW  
Fri Mar 22, 8:46 PM 5 min 52° 10° above SW 18° above ENE  
Fri Mar 22, 10:24 PM < 1 min 15° 13° above WNW 15° above WNW  
Sat Mar 23, 9:34 PM 2 min 39° 24° above W 32° above NNE  
Sun Mar 24, 8:43 PM 5 min 63° 27° above WSW 11° above NE  
Sun Mar 24, 10:20 PM < 1 min 18° 17° above NW 18° above NNW  
Mon Mar 25, 9:30 PM 3 min 24° 21° above NW 16° above NNE  
Tue Mar 26, 8:39 PM 4 min 32° 28° above NW 10° above NE  
Tue Mar 26, 10:16 PM < 1 min 16° 14° above NNW 16° above NNW  
Wed Mar 27, 9:25 PM 3 min 18° 16° above NNW 12° above NNE  
2019-03-14 10:06:00.0,Thu Mar 14, 6:06 AM,4 min,58°,41° above NNW,12° above ESE|2019-03-15 09:17:00.0,Fri Mar 15, 5:17 AM,1 min,21°,21° above E,10° above E|2019-03-15 10:50:00.0,Fri Mar 15, 6:50 AM,5 min,31°,16° above W,11° above SSE|2019-03-16 10:02:00.0,Sat Mar 16, 6:02 AM,3 min,51°,51° above S,10° above SE|2019-03-17 10:47:00.0,Sun Mar 17, 6:47 AM,1 min,13°,13° above SW,10° above SSW|2019-03-21 00:53:00.0,Wed Mar 20, 8:53 PM,2 min,20°,11° above S,20° above SSE|2019-03-22 01:37:00.0,Thu Mar 21, 9:37 PM,2 min,45°,10° above WSW,45° above WSW|2019-03-23 00:46:00.0,Fri Mar 22, 8:46 PM,5 min,52°,10° above SW,18° above ENE|2019-03-23 02:24:00.0,Fri Mar 22, 10:24 PM,< 1 min,15°,13° above WNW,15° above WNW|2019-03-24 01:34:00.0,Sat Mar 23, 9:34 PM,2 min,39°,24° above W,32° above NNE|2019-03-25 00:43:00.0,Sun Mar 24, 8:43 PM,5 min,63°,27° above WSW,11° above NE|2019-03-25 02:20:00.0,Sun Mar 24, 10:20 PM,< 1 min,18°,17° above NW,18° above NNW|2019-03-26 01:30:00.0,Mon Mar 25, 9:30 PM,3 min,24°,21° above NW,16° above NNE|2019-03-27 00:39:00.0,Tue Mar 26, 8:39 PM,4 min,32°,28° above NW,10° above NE|2019-03-27 02:16:00.0,Tue Mar 26, 10:16 PM,< 1 min,16°,14° above NNW,16° above NNW|2019-03-28 01:25:00.0,Wed Mar 27, 9:25 PM,3 min,18°,16° above NNW,12° above NNE|

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