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Location: Columbia, South Carolina, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday May 20, 2019 through Tuesday Jun 4, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon May 20, 9:20 PM 6 min 31° 11° above W 10° above NNE  
Tue May 21, 5:31 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above SW 10° above SSW  
Wed May 22, 9:19 PM 1 min 13° 13° above NNW 10° above N  
Wed May 29, 11:37 PM < 1 min 14° 13° above N 14° above N  
Thu May 30, 10:48 PM 2 min 12° 10° above N 12° above NE  
Fri May 31, 11:34 PM < 1 min 19° 19° above NNW 19° above NNW  
Sat Jun 1, 10:45 PM 2 min 25° 15° above NNW 25° above NNE  
Sun Jun 2, 9:55 PM 3 min 16° 11° above N 13° above ENE  
Sun Jun 2, 11:31 PM < 1 min 15° 10° above WNW 15° above WNW  
Mon Jun 3, 9:07 PM 2 min 10° 10° above NNE 10° above NE  
Mon Jun 3, 10:43 PM 1 min 57° 23° above NW 57° above NNW  
2019-05-21 01:20:00.0,Mon May 20, 9:20 PM,6 min,31°,11° above W,10° above NNE|2019-05-21 09:31:00.0,Tue May 21, 5:31 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above SW,10° above SSW|2019-05-23 01:19:00.0,Wed May 22, 9:19 PM,1 min,13°,13° above NNW,10° above N|2019-05-30 03:37:00.0,Wed May 29, 11:37 PM,< 1 min,14°,13° above N,14° above N|2019-05-31 02:48:00.0,Thu May 30, 10:48 PM,2 min,12°,10° above N,12° above NE|2019-06-01 03:34:00.0,Fri May 31, 11:34 PM,< 1 min,19°,19° above NNW,19° above NNW|2019-06-02 02:45:00.0,Sat Jun 1, 10:45 PM,2 min,25°,15° above NNW,25° above NNE|2019-06-03 01:55:00.0,Sun Jun 2, 9:55 PM,3 min,16°,11° above N,13° above ENE|2019-06-03 03:31:00.0,Sun Jun 2, 11:31 PM,< 1 min,15°,10° above WNW,15° above WNW|2019-06-04 01:07:00.0,Mon Jun 3, 9:07 PM,2 min,10°,10° above NNE,10° above NE|2019-06-04 02:43:00.0,Mon Jun 3, 10:43 PM,1 min,57°,23° above NW,57° above NNW|

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