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Location: Watertown, South Dakota, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Nov 16, 2018 through Saturday Dec 1, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Nov 22, 7:24 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above SSW  
Fri Nov 23, 6:32 PM 1 min 17° 10° above S 17° above SSE  
Sat Nov 24, 5:42 PM 2 min 11° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Sat Nov 24, 7:16 PM 1 min 23° 10° above SW 23° above SW  
Sun Nov 25, 6:24 PM 3 min 43° 10° above SW 41° above ESE  
Mon Nov 26, 5:32 PM 5 min 24° 11° above SSW 11° above E  
Mon Nov 26, 7:09 PM < 1 min 32° 22° above W 32° above W  
Tue Nov 27, 6:17 PM 3 min 86° 28° above WSW 37° above ENE  
Wed Nov 28, 5:25 PM 4 min 53° 27° above SSW 12° above ENE  
Wed Nov 28, 7:01 PM 1 min 29° 16° above WNW 29° above NW  
Thu Nov 29, 6:10 PM 3 min 46° 25° above W 25° above NE  
Fri Nov 30, 5:18 PM 4 min 72° 44° above W 10° above ENE  
Fri Nov 30, 6:53 PM 2 min 24° 11° above WNW 24° above NNW  
2018-11-23 01:24:00.0,Thu Nov 22, 7:24 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSW,10° above SSW|2018-11-24 00:32:00.0,Fri Nov 23, 6:32 PM,1 min,17°,10° above S,17° above SSE|2018-11-24 23:42:00.0,Sat Nov 24, 5:42 PM,2 min,11°,10° above SSE,10° above ESE|2018-11-25 01:16:00.0,Sat Nov 24, 7:16 PM,1 min,23°,10° above SW,23° above SW|2018-11-26 00:24:00.0,Sun Nov 25, 6:24 PM,3 min,43°,10° above SW,41° above ESE|2018-11-26 23:32:00.0,Mon Nov 26, 5:32 PM,5 min,24°,11° above SSW,11° above E|2018-11-27 01:09:00.0,Mon Nov 26, 7:09 PM,< 1 min,32°,22° above W,32° above W|2018-11-28 00:17:00.0,Tue Nov 27, 6:17 PM,3 min,86°,28° above WSW,37° above ENE|2018-11-28 23:25:00.0,Wed Nov 28, 5:25 PM,4 min,53°,27° above SSW,12° above ENE|2018-11-29 01:01:00.0,Wed Nov 28, 7:01 PM,1 min,29°,16° above WNW,29° above NW|2018-11-30 00:10:00.0,Thu Nov 29, 6:10 PM,3 min,46°,25° above W,25° above NE|2018-11-30 23:18:00.0,Fri Nov 30, 5:18 PM,4 min,72°,44° above W,10° above ENE|2018-12-01 00:53:00.0,Fri Nov 30, 6:53 PM,2 min,24°,11° above WNW,24° 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