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Location: Columbia, South Carolina, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Oct 19, 2018 through Saturday Nov 3, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Oct 25, 6:30 AM 3 min 26° 11° above S 25° above SE  
Fri Oct 26, 5:39 AM 2 min 12° 10° above SSE 12° above ESE  
Fri Oct 26, 7:13 AM 5 min 44° 10° above WSW 20° above NNE  
Sat Oct 27, 6:23 AM 5 min 82° 30° above SW 10° above NE  
Sun Oct 28, 5:34 AM < 1 min 23° 23° above E 17° above ENE  
Sun Oct 28, 7:07 AM 5 min 19° 10° above W 10° above NNE  
Mon Oct 29, 6:18 AM 2 min 30° 30° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Tue Oct 30, 5:28 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above NE 10° above NE  
Tue Oct 30, 7:02 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above NNW 10° above NNW  
Wed Oct 31, 6:11 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above N 11° above N  
2018-10-25 10:30:00.0,Thu Oct 25, 6:30 AM,3 min,26°,11° above S,25° above SE|2018-10-26 09:39:00.0,Fri Oct 26, 5:39 AM,2 min,12°,10° above SSE,12° above ESE|2018-10-26 11:13:00.0,Fri Oct 26, 7:13 AM,5 min,44°,10° above WSW,20° above NNE|2018-10-27 10:23:00.0,Sat Oct 27, 6:23 AM,5 min,82°,30° above SW,10° above NE|2018-10-28 09:34:00.0,Sun Oct 28, 5:34 AM,< 1 min,23°,23° above E,17° above ENE|2018-10-28 11:07:00.0,Sun Oct 28, 7:07 AM,5 min,19°,10° above W,10° above NNE|2018-10-29 10:18:00.0,Mon Oct 29, 6:18 AM,2 min,30°,30° above NNW,10° above NNE|2018-10-30 09:28:00.0,Tue Oct 30, 5:28 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NE,10° above NE|2018-10-30 11:02:00.0,Tue Oct 30, 7:02 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NNW,10° above NNW|2018-10-31 10:11:00.0,Wed Oct 31, 6:11 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above N,11° above N|

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