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The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Apr 19, 2019 through Sunday May 5, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Apr 27, 4:52 AM 2 min 12° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Sun Apr 28, 5:36 AM < 1 min 13° 10° above SW 13° above SW  
Mon Apr 29, 4:46 AM 4 min 30° 14° above SSW 21° above E  
Tue Apr 30, 3:57 AM 2 min 16° 16° above SE 10° above E  
Tue Apr 30, 5:31 AM 3 min 46° 10° above WSW 46° above WNW  
Wed May 1, 4:42 AM 3 min 84° 29° above SW 38° above ENE  
Thu May 2, 3:53 AM 2 min 41° 41° above ESE 19° above ENE  
Thu May 2, 5:26 AM 4 min 26° 11° above W 17° above NNE  
Fri May 3, 3:04 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above E 10° above E  
Fri May 3, 4:36 AM 3 min 40° 20° above W 24° above NNE  
Sat May 4, 3:47 AM 2 min 69° 69° above NNW 24° above NE  
Sat May 4, 5:22 AM 4 min 17° 10° above WNW 12° above NNE  
2019-04-27 08:52:00.0,Sat Apr 27, 4:52 AM,2 min,12°,10° above SSE,10° above ESE|2019-04-28 09:36:00.0,Sun Apr 28, 5:36 AM,< 1 min,13°,10° above SW,13° above SW|2019-04-29 08:46:00.0,Mon Apr 29, 4:46 AM,4 min,30°,14° above SSW,21° above E|2019-04-30 07:57:00.0,Tue Apr 30, 3:57 AM,2 min,16°,16° above SE,10° above E|2019-04-30 09:31:00.0,Tue Apr 30, 5:31 AM,3 min,46°,10° above WSW,46° above WNW|2019-05-01 08:42:00.0,Wed May 1, 4:42 AM,3 min,84°,29° above SW,38° above ENE|2019-05-02 07:53:00.0,Thu May 2, 3:53 AM,2 min,41°,41° above ESE,19° above ENE|2019-05-02 09:26:00.0,Thu May 2, 5:26 AM,4 min,26°,11° above W,17° above NNE|2019-05-03 07:04:00.0,Fri May 3, 3:04 AM,< 1 min,14°,14° above E,10° above E|2019-05-03 08:36:00.0,Fri May 3, 4:36 AM,3 min,40°,20° above W,24° above NNE|2019-05-04 07:47:00.0,Sat May 4, 3:47 AM,2 min,69°,69° above NNW,24° above NE|2019-05-04 09:22:00.0,Sat May 4, 5:22 AM,4 min,17°,10° above WNW,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