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The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Jul 16, 2018 through Thursday Aug 2, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Jul 18, 9:25 PM 4 min 19° 11° above S 11° above E  
Wed Jul 18, 11:01 PM 5 min 27° 11° above W 10° above NNE  
Thu Jul 19, 5:31 AM 6 min 35° 10° above NNW 10° above ESE  
Thu Jul 19, 10:08 PM 6 min 56° 10° above WSW 10° above NE  
Fri Jul 20, 4:40 AM 5 min 19° 10° above NNW 11° above E  
Fri Jul 20, 9:16 PM 6 min 60° 11° above SSW 11° above NE  
Fri Jul 20, 10:57 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above N 10° above N  
Sat Jul 21, 3:49 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above N 10° above N  
Sat Jul 21, 5:23 AM 6 min 75° 10° above NW 10° above SE  
Sat Jul 21, 10:01 PM 5 min 22° 10° above W 10° above NNE  
Sun Jul 22, 4:31 AM 6 min 46° 11° above NNW 11° above ESE  
Sun Jul 22, 6:10 AM 2 min 11° 10° above WSW 10° above SW  
Sun Jul 22, 9:08 PM 6 min 42° 10° above WSW 11° above NNE  
Mon Jul 23, 9:57 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above NNW 10° above NNW  
Tue Jul 24, 9:04 PM 1 min 17° 17° above NNW 11° above N  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Monday Jul 16, 2018 through Thursday Aug 2, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Jul 18, 5:52 AM 6 min 36° 11° above NNW 10° above ESE  
Wed Jul 18, 9:09 PM 4 min 15° 10° above SSE 11° above E  
Wed Jul 18, 10:46 PM 7 min 44° 10° above WSW 10° above NNE  
Thu Jul 19, 5:24 AM 6 min 32° 11° above NNW 11° above ESE  
Thu Jul 19, 10:18 PM 7 min 51° 10° above WSW 11° above NE  
Fri Jul 20, 4:56 AM 6 min 29° 11° above NNW 10° above E  
Fri Jul 20, 9:49 PM 7 min 58° 10° above WSW 11° above NE  
Sat Jul 21, 4:28 AM 6 min 26° 10° above NNW 11° above E  
Sat Jul 21, 6:06 AM 6 min 28° 11° above WNW 11° above S  
Sat Jul 21, 9:21 PM 7 min 67° 10° above SW 12° above NE  
Sat Jul 21, 11:04 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above NNW 10° above NNW  
Sun Jul 22, 3:59 AM 6 min 24° 10° above NNW 10° above E  
Sun Jul 22, 5:38 AM 6 min 32° 11° above WNW 10° above SSE  
Sun Jul 22, 8:53 PM 6 min 77° 13° above SW 12° above NE  
Sun Jul 22, 10:36 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above NNW 10° above N  
Mon Jul 23, 3:31 AM 6 min 22° 10° above NNW 11° above E  
Mon Jul 23, 5:09 AM 6 min 37° 11° above WNW 11° above SSE  
Mon Jul 23, 10:08 PM 1 min 12° 12° above NNW 10° above N  
Tue Jul 24, 9:39 PM 1 min 13° 13° above NNW 10° above N  
Wed Jul 25, 9:11 PM 2 min 14° 14° above NNW 10° above N  
2018-07-19 02:25:00.0,Wed Jul 18, 9:25 PM,4 min,19°,11° above S,11° above E|2018-07-19 04:01:00.0,Wed Jul 18, 11:01 PM,5 min,27°,11° above W,10° above NNE|2018-07-19 10:31:00.0,Thu Jul 19, 5:31 AM,6 min,35°,10° above NNW,10° above ESE|2018-07-20 03:08:00.0,Thu Jul 19, 10:08 PM,6 min,56°,10° above WSW,10° above NE|2018-07-20 09:40:00.0,Fri Jul 20, 4:40 AM,5 min,19°,10° above NNW,11° above E|2018-07-21 02:16:00.0,Fri Jul 20, 9:16 PM,6 min,60°,11° above SSW,11° above NE|2018-07-21 03:57:00.0,Fri Jul 20, 10:57 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above N,10° above N|2018-07-21 08:49:00.0,Sat Jul 21, 3:49 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above N,10° above N|2018-07-21 10:23:00.0,Sat Jul 21, 5:23 AM,6 min,75°,10° above NW,10° above SE|2018-07-22 03:01:00.0,Sat Jul 21, 10:01 PM,5 min,22°,10° above W,10° above NNE|2018-07-22 09:31:00.0,Sun Jul 22, 4:31 AM,6 min,46°,11° above NNW,11° above ESE|2018-07-22 11:10:00.0,Sun Jul 22, 6:10 AM,2 min,11°,10° above WSW,10° above SW|2018-07-23 02:08:00.0,Sun Jul 22, 9:08 PM,6 min,42°,10° above WSW,11° above NNE|2018-07-24 02:57:00.0,Mon Jul 23, 9:57 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NNW,10° above NNW|2018-07-25 02:04:00.0,Tue Jul 24, 9:04 PM,1 min,17°,17° above NNW,11° above N|

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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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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.

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