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Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Jul 22, 2016 through Sunday Aug 7, 2016

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Jul 23, 1:07 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above NE 10° above NE  
Sat Jul 23, 2:40 AM 1 min 11° 10° above NNW 11° above N  
Sat Jul 23, 4:17 AM 1 min 15° 11° above NNW 15° above N  
Sun Jul 24, 1:48 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above NNW 13° above NNW  
Sun Jul 24, 3:24 AM 1 min 12° 10° above NNW 12° above N  
Sun Jul 24, 5:00 AM 6 min 33° 10° above NW 12° above E  
Mon Jul 25, 00:56 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above NNE 10° above NNE  
Mon Jul 25, 2:31 AM < 1 min 11° 10° above NNW 11° above N  
Mon Jul 25, 4:07 AM 5 min 22° 11° above NNW 10° above ENE  
Mon Jul 25, 5:43 AM 4 min 55° 10° above WNW 32° above SSE  
Mon Jul 25, 10:22 PM 4 min 53° 10° above SW 29° above ENE  
Mon Jul 25, 11:59 PM 5 min 23° 11° above WNW 10° above NNE  
Tue Jul 26, 1:38 AM < 1 min 11° 10° above NNW 11° above NNW  
Tue Jul 26, 3:14 AM 4 min 16° 10° above NNW 10° above ENE  
Tue Jul 26, 4:50 AM 6 min 72° 10° above NW 10° above ESE  
Tue Jul 26, 9:30 PM 5 min 26° 11° above S 11° above ENE  
Tue Jul 26, 11:06 PM 6 min 34° 12° above W 10° above NE  
Wed Jul 27, 00:44 AM 3 min 13° 10° above NW 10° above NNE  
Wed Jul 27, 2:21 AM 3 min 13° 10° above NNW 10° above NE  
Wed Jul 27, 3:57 AM 6 min 38° 10° above NW 10° above E  
Wed Jul 27, 5:34 AM 5 min 22° 11° above W 10° above S  
Wed Jul 27, 10:12 PM 6 min 62° 10° above WSW 10° above NE  
Wed Jul 27, 11:50 PM 4 min 15° 11° above NW 11° above NNE  
Thu Jul 28, 1:31 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above NNE 10° above NNE  
Thu Jul 28, 3:06 AM 3 min 24° 22° above N 11° above E  
Thu Jul 28, 4:41 AM 6 min 45° 10° above WNW 11° above SSE  
Thu Jul 28, 9:19 PM 6 min 65° 10° above SW 10° above ENE  
Thu Jul 28, 10:57 PM 5 min 20° 10° above WNW 11° above NNE  
Fri Jul 29, 00:37 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above N 10° above NNE  
Fri Jul 29, 10:03 PM 5 min 30° 11° above W 11° above NE  
Fri Jul 29, 11:44 PM 1 min 12° 12° above N 10° above NNE  
Sat Jul 30, 9:10 PM 6 min 52° 10° above WSW 10° above NE  
Sat Jul 30, 10:50 PM 2 min 14° 14° above N 10° above NNE  
Sun Jul 31, 00:27 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above N 12° above N  
Sun Jul 31, 9:57 PM 2 min 18° 18° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Sun Jul 31, 11:34 PM 1 min 11° 11° above N 10° above NNE  
Mon Aug 1, 9:04 PM 3 min 27° 27° above NNW 10° above NE  
Mon Aug 1, 10:41 PM 1 min 12° 12° above N 10° above NNE  
Tue Aug 2, 9:47 PM 2 min 14° 14° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Tue Aug 2, 11:24 PM 1 min 12° 12° above N 11° above NNE  
Wed Aug 3, 8:55 PM 2 min 17° 17° above N 11° above NNE  
Wed Aug 3, 10:31 PM 2 min 11° 11° above N 10° above NNE  
Thu Aug 4, 9:38 PM 2 min 11° 11° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Thu Aug 4, 11:15 PM 1 min 15° 13° above N 15° above NNE  
Fri Aug 5, 10:21 PM 2 min 13° 12° above N 10° above NE  
Fri Aug 5, 11:57 PM < 1 min 14° 14° above NNW 14° above NNW  
2016-07-23 05:07:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 1:07 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NE,10° above NE|2016-07-23 06:40:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 2:40 AM,1 min,11°,10° above NNW,11° above N|2016-07-23 08:17:00.0,Sat Jul 23, 4:17 AM,1 min,15°,11° above NNW,15° above N|2016-07-24 05:48:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 1:48 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above NNW,13° above NNW|2016-07-24 07:24:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 3:24 AM,1 min,12°,10° above NNW,12° above N|2016-07-24 09:00:00.0,Sun Jul 24, 5:00 AM,6 min,33°,10° above NW,12° above E|2016-07-25 04:56:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 00:56 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above NNE,10° above NNE|2016-07-25 06:31:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 2:31 AM,< 1 min,11°,10° above NNW,11° above N|2016-07-25 08:07:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 4:07 AM,5 min,22°,11° above NNW,10° above ENE|2016-07-25 09:43:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 5:43 AM,4 min,55°,10° above WNW,32° above SSE|2016-07-26 02:22:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 10:22 PM,4 min,53°,10° above SW,29° above ENE|2016-07-26 03:59:00.0,Mon Jul 25, 11:59 PM,5 min,23°,11° above WNW,10° above NNE|2016-07-26 05:38:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 1:38 AM,< 1 min,11°,10° above NNW,11° above NNW|2016-07-26 07:14:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 3:14 AM,4 min,16°,10° above NNW,10° above ENE|2016-07-26 08:50:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 4:50 AM,6 min,72°,10° above NW,10° above ESE|2016-07-27 01:30:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 9:30 PM,5 min,26°,11° above S,11° above ENE|2016-07-27 03:06:00.0,Tue Jul 26, 11:06 PM,6 min,34°,12° above W,10° above NE|2016-07-27 04:44:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 00:44 AM,3 min,13°,10° above NW,10° above NNE|2016-07-27 06:21:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 2:21 AM,3 min,13°,10° above NNW,10° above NE|2016-07-27 07:57:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 3:57 AM,6 min,38°,10° above NW,10° above E|2016-07-27 09:34:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 5:34 AM,5 min,22°,11° above W,10° above S|2016-07-28 02:12:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 10:12 PM,6 min,62°,10° above WSW,10° above NE|2016-07-28 03:50:00.0,Wed Jul 27, 11:50 PM,4 min,15°,11° above NW,11° above NNE|2016-07-28 05:31:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 1:31 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NNE,10° above NNE|2016-07-28 07:06:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 3:06 AM,3 min,24°,22° above N,11° above E|2016-07-28 08:41:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 4:41 AM,6 min,45°,10° above WNW,11° above SSE|2016-07-29 01:19:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 9:19 PM,6 min,65°,10° above SW,10° above ENE|2016-07-29 02:57:00.0,Thu Jul 28, 10:57 PM,5 min,20°,10° above WNW,11° above NNE|2016-07-29 04:37:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 00:37 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above N,10° above NNE|2016-07-30 02:03:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 10:03 PM,5 min,30°,11° above W,11° above NE|2016-07-30 03:44:00.0,Fri Jul 29, 11:44 PM,1 min,12°,12° above N,10° above NNE|2016-07-31 01:10:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 9:10 PM,6 min,52°,10° above WSW,10° above NE|2016-07-31 02:50:00.0,Sat Jul 30, 10:50 PM,2 min,14°,14° above N,10° above NNE|2016-07-31 04:27:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 00:27 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above N,12° above N|2016-08-01 01:57:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 9:57 PM,2 min,18°,18° above NNW,10° above NNE|2016-08-01 03:34:00.0,Sun Jul 31, 11:34 PM,1 min,11°,11° above N,10° above NNE|2016-08-02 01:04:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 9:04 PM,3 min,27°,27° above NNW,10° above NE|2016-08-02 02:41:00.0,Mon Aug 1, 10:41 PM,1 min,12°,12° above N,10° above NNE|2016-08-03 01:47:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 9:47 PM,2 min,14°,14° above NNW,10° above NNE|2016-08-03 03:24:00.0,Tue Aug 2, 11:24 PM,1 min,12°,12° above N,11° above NNE|2016-08-04 00:55:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 8:55 PM,2 min,17°,17° above N,11° above NNE|2016-08-04 02:31:00.0,Wed Aug 3, 10:31 PM,2 min,11°,11° above N,10° above NNE|2016-08-05 01:38:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 9:38 PM,2 min,11°,11° above NNW,10° above NNE|2016-08-05 03:15:00.0,Thu Aug 4, 11:15 PM,1 min,15°,13° above N,15° above NNE|2016-08-06 02:21:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 10:21 PM,2 min,13°,12° above N,10° above NE|2016-08-06 03:57:00.0,Fri Aug 5, 11:57 PM,< 1 min,14°,14° above NNW,14° above NNW|

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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

Visit the JSC Flickr photo gallery of ISS sightings

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