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Location: Johnson Space Center, Texas, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Apr 19, 2019 through Sunday May 5, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Apr 22, 6:25 AM 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above ESE  
Wed Apr 24, 6:17 AM 4 min 35° 10° above SSW 31° above ESE  
Thu Apr 25, 5:28 AM 3 min 16° 11° above SSE 14° above E  
Fri Apr 26, 6:12 AM 5 min 60° 10° above SW 18° above NNE  
Sat Apr 27, 5:23 AM 2 min 55° 34° above SSW 32° above ENE  
Sun Apr 28, 4:35 AM < 1 min 19° 19° above E 15° above E  
Sun Apr 28, 6:08 AM 5 min 20° 10° above W 11° above N  
Mon Apr 29, 5:19 AM 3 min 39° 37° above WNW 13° above NNE  
Tue Apr 30, 4:30 AM < 1 min 28° 28° above NE 19° above NE  
Wed May 1, 5:14 AM 2 min 15° 15° above NW 10° above N  
Thu May 2, 4:25 AM 1 min 17° 17° above N 10° above NNE  
2019-04-22 11:25:00.0,Mon Apr 22, 6:25 AM,1 min,10°,10° above SE,10° above ESE|2019-04-24 11:17:00.0,Wed Apr 24, 6:17 AM,4 min,35°,10° above SSW,31° above ESE|2019-04-25 10:28:00.0,Thu Apr 25, 5:28 AM,3 min,16°,11° above SSE,14° above E|2019-04-26 11:12:00.0,Fri Apr 26, 6:12 AM,5 min,60°,10° above SW,18° above NNE|2019-04-27 10:23:00.0,Sat Apr 27, 5:23 AM,2 min,55°,34° above SSW,32° above ENE|2019-04-28 09:35:00.0,Sun Apr 28, 4:35 AM,< 1 min,19°,19° above E,15° above E|2019-04-28 11:08:00.0,Sun Apr 28, 6:08 AM,5 min,20°,10° above W,11° above N|2019-04-29 10:19:00.0,Mon Apr 29, 5:19 AM,3 min,39°,37° above WNW,13° above NNE|2019-04-30 09:30:00.0,Tue Apr 30, 4:30 AM,< 1 min,28°,28° above NE,19° above NE|2019-05-01 10:14:00.0,Wed May 1, 5:14 AM,2 min,15°,15° above NW,10° above N|2019-05-02 09:25:00.0,Thu May 2, 4:25 AM,1 min,17°,17° above N,10° above NNE|

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