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Location: Tonopah, Nevada, 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 16, 4:22 AM 1 min 23° 23° above SE 10° above SE  
Sat Nov 17, 5:05 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above SSW 11° above SSW  
Wed Nov 21, 6:12 PM 1 min 18° 10° above S 18° above S  
Thu Nov 22, 5:21 PM 2 min 13° 10° above SSE 12° above ESE  
Thu Nov 22, 6:56 PM < 1 min 15° 12° above WSW 15° above WSW  
Fri Nov 23, 6:04 PM 3 min 71° 10° above SW 71° above SSE  
Sat Nov 24, 5:12 PM 5 min 33° 10° above SSW 16° above ENE  
Sat Nov 24, 6:49 PM < 1 min 17° 15° above WNW 17° above WNW  
Sun Nov 25, 5:58 PM 2 min 43° 30° above W 33° above N  
Mon Nov 26, 5:06 PM 4 min 85° 37° above SW 10° above NE  
Mon Nov 26, 6:42 PM < 1 min 13° 10° above WNW 13° above NW  
Tue Nov 27, 5:49 PM 3 min 21° 14° above WNW 17° above N  
Wed Nov 28, 4:58 PM 4 min 34° 27° above WNW 10° above NE  
Thu Nov 29, 5:42 PM 3 min 13° 10° above NW 11° above N  
Fri Nov 30, 4:51 PM 3 min 18° 18° above NW 10° above NNE  
2018-11-16 12:22:00.0,Fri Nov 16, 4:22 AM,1 min,23°,23° above SE,10° above SE|2018-11-17 13:05:00.0,Sat Nov 17, 5:05 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above SSW,11° above SSW|2018-11-22 02:12:00.0,Wed Nov 21, 6:12 PM,1 min,18°,10° above S,18° above S|2018-11-23 01:21:00.0,Thu Nov 22, 5:21 PM,2 min,13°,10° above SSE,12° above ESE|2018-11-23 02:56:00.0,Thu Nov 22, 6:56 PM,< 1 min,15°,12° above WSW,15° above WSW|2018-11-24 02:04:00.0,Fri Nov 23, 6:04 PM,3 min,71°,10° above SW,71° above SSE|2018-11-25 01:12:00.0,Sat Nov 24, 5:12 PM,5 min,33°,10° above SSW,16° above ENE|2018-11-25 02:49:00.0,Sat Nov 24, 6:49 PM,< 1 min,17°,15° above WNW,17° above WNW|2018-11-26 01:58:00.0,Sun Nov 25, 5:58 PM,2 min,43°,30° above W,33° above N|2018-11-27 01:06:00.0,Mon Nov 26, 5:06 PM,4 min,85°,37° above SW,10° above NE|2018-11-27 02:42:00.0,Mon Nov 26, 6:42 PM,< 1 min,13°,10° above WNW,13° above NW|2018-11-28 01:49:00.0,Tue Nov 27, 5:49 PM,3 min,21°,14° above WNW,17° above N|2018-11-29 00:58:00.0,Wed Nov 28, 4:58 PM,4 min,34°,27° above WNW,10° above NE|2018-11-30 01:42:00.0,Thu Nov 29, 5:42 PM,3 min,13°,10° above NW,11° above N|2018-12-01 00:51:00.0,Fri Nov 30, 4:51 PM,3 min,18°,18° above NW,10° 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