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Location: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Feb 18, 2019 through Tuesday Mar 5, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Feb 22, 5:33 AM 2 min 13° 10° above SSE 13° above SE  
Sat Feb 23, 6:16 AM 1 min 23° 10° above SW 23° above SW  
Sun Feb 24, 5:25 AM 3 min 30° 10° above SSW 28° above ESE  
Mon Feb 25, 4:35 AM 2 min 17° 15° above SSE 15° above ESE  
Mon Feb 25, 6:09 AM 5 min 66° 10° above WSW 29° above NE  
Tue Feb 26, 5:20 AM 3 min 72° 23° above SW 29° above ENE  
Wed Feb 27, 4:31 AM 1 min 38° 38° above ESE 26° above E  
Wed Feb 27, 6:04 AM 6 min 36° 12° above W 11° above NE  
Thu Feb 28, 5:15 AM 4 min 52° 32° above W 12° above NE  
Fri Mar 1, 4:26 AM 1 min 38° 38° above NE 20° above ENE  
Fri Mar 1, 5:59 AM 5 min 25° 11° above WNW 10° above NE  
Sat Mar 2, 5:10 AM 4 min 31° 25° above NW 10° above NE  
Sun Mar 3, 4:21 AM 1 min 29° 29° above NNE 14° above NE  
Sun Mar 3, 5:54 AM 5 min 21° 10° above NW 10° above NE  
Mon Mar 4, 5:04 AM 4 min 23° 19° above NW 11° above NE  
Tue Mar 5, 4:16 AM 2 min 22° 22° above NNE 11° above NE  
Tue Mar 5, 5:49 AM 4 min 21° 10° above NW 14° above NE  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Monday Feb 18, 2019 through Tuesday Mar 5, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Feb 23, 5:21 AM 2 min 15° 10° above S 15° above SE  
Sun Feb 24, 5:32 AM 3 min 34° 11° above SSW 32° above ESE  
2019-02-22 12:33:00.0,Fri Feb 22, 5:33 AM,2 min,13°,10° above SSE,13° above SE|2019-02-23 13:16:00.0,Sat Feb 23, 6:16 AM,1 min,23°,10° above SW,23° above SW|2019-02-24 12:25:00.0,Sun Feb 24, 5:25 AM,3 min,30°,10° above SSW,28° above ESE|2019-02-25 11:35:00.0,Mon Feb 25, 4:35 AM,2 min,17°,15° above SSE,15° above ESE|2019-02-25 13:09:00.0,Mon Feb 25, 6:09 AM,5 min,66°,10° above WSW,29° above NE|2019-02-26 12:20:00.0,Tue Feb 26, 5:20 AM,3 min,72°,23° above SW,29° above ENE|2019-02-27 11:31:00.0,Wed Feb 27, 4:31 AM,1 min,38°,38° above ESE,26° above E|2019-02-27 13:04:00.0,Wed Feb 27, 6:04 AM,6 min,36°,12° above W,11° above NE|2019-02-28 12:15:00.0,Thu Feb 28, 5:15 AM,4 min,52°,32° above W,12° above NE|2019-03-01 11:26:00.0,Fri Mar 1, 4:26 AM,1 min,38°,38° above NE,20° above ENE|2019-03-01 12:59:00.0,Fri Mar 1, 5:59 AM,5 min,25°,11° above WNW,10° above NE|2019-03-02 12:10:00.0,Sat Mar 2, 5:10 AM,4 min,31°,25° above NW,10° above NE|2019-03-03 11:21:00.0,Sun Mar 3, 4:21 AM,1 min,29°,29° above NNE,14° above NE|2019-03-03 12:54:00.0,Sun Mar 3, 5:54 AM,5 min,21°,10° above NW,10° above NE|2019-03-04 12:04:00.0,Mon Mar 4, 5:04 AM,4 min,23°,19° above NW,11° above NE|2019-03-05 11:16:00.0,Tue Mar 5, 4:16 AM,2 min,22°,22° above NNE,11° above NE|2019-03-05 12:49:00.0,Tue Mar 5, 5:49 AM,4 min,21°,10° above NW,14° above NE|

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