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Location: Johnson Space Center, Texas, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Jun 24, 2019 through Wednesday Jul 10, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Jun 25, 5:04 AM 2 min 11° 10° above SE 10° above ESE  
Wed Jun 26, 5:49 AM 4 min 85° 11° above SW 35° above NE  
Thu Jun 27, 5:01 AM 3 min 40° 26° above S 26° above ENE  
Fri Jun 28, 4:14 AM 2 min 18° 18° above ESE 10° above E  
Fri Jun 28, 5:47 AM 5 min 24° 11° above W 11° above NNE  
Sat Jun 29, 4:59 AM 3 min 48° 38° above W 21° above NNE  
Sun Jun 30, 4:11 AM 1 min 41° 41° above ENE 22° above NE  
Mon Jul 1, 3:24 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above ENE 11° above ENE  
Mon Jul 1, 4:57 AM 3 min 16° 15° above WNW 10° above N  
Tue Jul 2, 4:09 AM 1 min 24° 24° above N 13° above NNE  
Thu Jul 4, 4:07 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above NNW 10° above NNW  
Fri Jul 5, 3:19 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above N 11° above N  
2019-06-25 10:04:00.0,Tue Jun 25, 5:04 AM,2 min,11°,10° above SE,10° above ESE|2019-06-26 10:49:00.0,Wed Jun 26, 5:49 AM,4 min,85°,11° above SW,35° above NE|2019-06-27 10:01:00.0,Thu Jun 27, 5:01 AM,3 min,40°,26° above S,26° above ENE|2019-06-28 09:14:00.0,Fri Jun 28, 4:14 AM,2 min,18°,18° above ESE,10° above E|2019-06-28 10:47:00.0,Fri Jun 28, 5:47 AM,5 min,24°,11° above W,11° above NNE|2019-06-29 09:59:00.0,Sat Jun 29, 4:59 AM,3 min,48°,38° above W,21° above NNE|2019-06-30 09:11:00.0,Sun Jun 30, 4:11 AM,1 min,41°,41° above ENE,22° above NE|2019-07-01 08:24:00.0,Mon Jul 1, 3:24 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above ENE,11° above ENE|2019-07-01 09:57:00.0,Mon Jul 1, 4:57 AM,3 min,16°,15° above WNW,10° above N|2019-07-02 09:09:00.0,Tue Jul 2, 4:09 AM,1 min,24°,24° above N,13° above NNE|2019-07-04 09:07:00.0,Thu Jul 4, 4:07 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NNW,10° above NNW|2019-07-05 08:19:00.0,Fri Jul 5, 3:19 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° 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