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Location: Johnson Space Center, Texas, 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
Fri Nov 16, 6:23 AM 3 min 17° 10° above W 15° above SSW  
Sat Nov 17, 5:32 AM 3 min 39° 37° above WSW 10° above SSE  
Sun Nov 18, 4:43 AM 1 min 18° 18° above SE 10° above SE  
Mon Nov 19, 6:46 PM 1 min 15° 10° above S 15° above SSE  
Tue Nov 20, 7:29 PM < 1 min 19° 13° above WSW 19° above WSW  
Wed Nov 21, 6:37 PM 4 min 63° 11° above SSW 49° above ENE  
Thu Nov 22, 5:45 PM 5 min 25° 11° above S 11° above ENE  
Thu Nov 22, 7:23 PM < 1 min 16° 13° above WNW 16° above WNW  
Fri Nov 23, 6:31 PM 3 min 37° 28° above W 21° above NNE  
Sat Nov 24, 5:41 PM 2 min 42° 42° above NE 12° above NE  
Sun Nov 25, 6:23 PM 3 min 15° 12° above WNW 10° above N  

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

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Nov 18, 4:45 AM < 1 min 17° 17° above SE 11° above SE  
Mon Nov 19, 6:46 PM 1 min 15° 10° above S 15° above SSE  
2018-11-16 12:23:00.0,Fri Nov 16, 6:23 AM,3 min,17°,10° above W,15° above SSW|2018-11-17 11:32:00.0,Sat Nov 17, 5:32 AM,3 min,39°,37° above WSW,10° above SSE|2018-11-18 10:43:00.0,Sun Nov 18, 4:43 AM,1 min,18°,18° above SE,10° above SE|2018-11-20 00:46:00.0,Mon Nov 19, 6:46 PM,1 min,15°,10° above S,15° above SSE|2018-11-21 01:29:00.0,Tue Nov 20, 7:29 PM,< 1 min,19°,13° above WSW,19° above WSW|2018-11-22 00:37:00.0,Wed Nov 21, 6:37 PM,4 min,63°,11° above SSW,49° above ENE|2018-11-22 23:45:00.0,Thu Nov 22, 5:45 PM,5 min,25°,11° above S,11° above ENE|2018-11-23 01:23:00.0,Thu Nov 22, 7:23 PM,< 1 min,16°,13° above WNW,16° above WNW|2018-11-24 00:31:00.0,Fri Nov 23, 6:31 PM,3 min,37°,28° above W,21° above NNE|2018-11-24 23:41:00.0,Sat Nov 24, 5:41 PM,2 min,42°,42° above NE,12° above NE|2018-11-26 00:23:00.0,Sun Nov 25, 6:23 PM,3 min,15°,12° above WNW,10° 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