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Location: Columbia, South Carolina, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday May 20, 2022 through Saturday Jun 4, 2022

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed May 25, 11:38 PM 1 min 15° 10° above NNW 15° above N  
Thu May 26, 10:51 PM 2 min 14° 10° above N 14° above NNE  
Fri May 27, 11:38 PM 1 min 18° 10° above NW 18° above NW  
Sat May 28, 10:51 PM 3 min 30° 10° above NNW 30° above NNE  
Sun May 29, 10:03 PM 4 min 20° 10° above NNW 17° above ENE  
Sun May 29, 11:39 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above WNW 12° above WNW  
Mon May 30, 9:15 PM 4 min 14° 10° above N 10° above ENE  
Mon May 30, 10:51 PM 2 min 39° 10° above NW 39° above WNW  
Tue May 31, 10:03 PM 4 min 57° 10° above NW 44° above E  
Wed Jun 1, 9:15 PM 6 min 31° 10° above NNW 12° above E  
Wed Jun 1, 10:52 PM 1 min 17° 10° above W 17° above WSW  
Thu Jun 2, 10:03 PM 4 min 37° 10° above WNW 29° above S  
Fri Jun 3, 9:15 PM 6 min 77° 10° above NW 12° above SE  
2022-05-26 03:38:00.0,Wed May 25, 11:38 PM,1 min,15°,10° above NNW,15° above N|2022-05-27 02:51:00.0,Thu May 26, 10:51 PM,2 min,14°,10° above N,14° above NNE|2022-05-28 03:38:00.0,Fri May 27, 11:38 PM,1 min,18°,10° above NW,18° above NW|2022-05-29 02:51:00.0,Sat May 28, 10:51 PM,3 min,30°,10° above NNW,30° above NNE|2022-05-30 02:03:00.0,Sun May 29, 10:03 PM,4 min,20°,10° above NNW,17° above ENE|2022-05-30 03:39:00.0,Sun May 29, 11:39 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above WNW,12° above WNW|2022-05-31 01:15:00.0,Mon May 30, 9:15 PM,4 min,14°,10° above N,10° above ENE|2022-05-31 02:51:00.0,Mon May 30, 10:51 PM,2 min,39°,10° above NW,39° above WNW|2022-06-01 02:03:00.0,Tue May 31, 10:03 PM,4 min,57°,10° above NW,44° above E|2022-06-02 01:15:00.0,Wed Jun 1, 9:15 PM,6 min,31°,10° above NNW,12° above E|2022-06-02 02:52:00.0,Wed Jun 1, 10:52 PM,1 min,17°,10° above W,17° above WSW|2022-06-03 02:03:00.0,Thu Jun 2, 10:03 PM,4 min,37°,10° above WNW,29° above S|2022-06-04 01:15:00.0,Fri Jun 3, 9:15 PM,6 min,77°,10° above NW,12° above SE|

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 chart. Click the link for a detailed description of the astronomical horizon and sighting alert messages.