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Location: Olympia, Washington, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday May 23, 2018 through Thursday Jun 7, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed May 23, 10:25 PM 6 min 67° 10° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Thu May 24, 00:02 AM 6 min 34° 12° above WNW 10° above ENE  
Thu May 24, 1:39 AM 4 min 53° 10° above WNW 39° above ENE  
Thu May 24, 9:33 PM 6 min 79° 10° above WSW 11° above ENE  
Thu May 24, 11:10 PM 6 min 37° 12° above WNW 11° above ENE  
Fri May 25, 00:46 AM 4 min 41° 10° above WNW 28° above ENE  
Fri May 25, 2:23 AM < 1 min 12° 10° above WNW 12° above WNW  
Fri May 25, 10:17 PM 6 min 44° 10° above W 12° above ENE  
Fri May 25, 11:54 PM 5 min 36° 12° above WNW 13° above ENE  
Sat May 26, 1:31 AM 2 min 28° 10° above WNW 28° above WNW  
Sat May 26, 9:25 PM 6 min 59° 10° above W 10° above ENE  
Sat May 26, 11:04 PM 4 min 34° 30° above NNW 10° above ENE  
Sun May 27, 00:39 AM 3 min 58° 10° above WNW 58° above N  
Sun May 27, 10:12 PM 3 min 35° 34° above NNW 10° above ENE  
Sun May 27, 11:46 PM 5 min 45° 10° above WNW 24° above ENE  
Mon May 28, 1:23 AM < 1 min 15° 10° above WNW 15° above WNW  
Mon May 28, 10:56 PM 4 min 37° 32° above NNW 11° above ENE  
Tue May 29, 00:31 AM 2 min 44° 10° above WNW 44° above WNW  
Tue May 29, 10:04 PM 3 min 34° 33° above NNW 10° above ENE  
Tue May 29, 11:38 PM 4 min 68° 10° above WNW 46° above E  
Wed May 30, 10:48 PM 4 min 49° 31° above NW 15° above E  
Thu May 31, 00:23 AM 2 min 24° 10° above WNW 24° above W  
Thu May 31, 9:56 PM 4 min 39° 33° above NNW 11° above E  
Thu May 31, 11:30 PM 3 min 65° 10° above WNW 65° above SSW  
Fri Jun 1, 10:40 PM 3 min 79° 28° above WNW 24° above ESE  
Sat Jun 2, 00:15 AM < 1 min 13° 10° above W 13° above W  
Sat Jun 2, 9:48 PM 4 min 55° 39° above NW 10° above E  
Sat Jun 2, 11:23 PM 3 min 32° 11° above W 32° above SW  
Sun Jun 3, 10:31 PM 4 min 54° 18° above WNW 22° above SE  
Mon Jun 4, 9:40 PM 4 min 88° 44° above WNW 11° above ESE  
Mon Jun 4, 11:16 PM 2 min 16° 11° above W 16° above SW  
Tue Jun 5, 10:23 PM 4 min 26° 11° above W 16° above S  
Wed Jun 6, 9:32 PM 4 min 45° 36° above WSW 11° above SE  
2018-05-24 05:25:00.0,Wed May 23, 10:25 PM,6 min,67°,10° above WSW,10° above ENE|2018-05-24 07:02:00.0,Thu May 24, 00:02 AM,6 min,34°,12° above WNW,10° above ENE|2018-05-24 08:39:00.0,Thu May 24, 1:39 AM,4 min,53°,10° above WNW,39° above ENE|2018-05-25 04:33:00.0,Thu May 24, 9:33 PM,6 min,79°,10° above WSW,11° above ENE|2018-05-25 06:10:00.0,Thu May 24, 11:10 PM,6 min,37°,12° above WNW,11° above ENE|2018-05-25 07:46:00.0,Fri May 25, 00:46 AM,4 min,41°,10° above WNW,28° above ENE|2018-05-25 09:23:00.0,Fri May 25, 2:23 AM,< 1 min,12°,10° above WNW,12° above WNW|2018-05-26 05:17:00.0,Fri May 25, 10:17 PM,6 min,44°,10° above W,12° above ENE|2018-05-26 06:54:00.0,Fri May 25, 11:54 PM,5 min,36°,12° above WNW,13° above ENE|2018-05-26 08:31:00.0,Sat May 26, 1:31 AM,2 min,28°,10° above WNW,28° above WNW|2018-05-27 04:25:00.0,Sat May 26, 9:25 PM,6 min,59°,10° above W,10° above ENE|2018-05-27 06:04:00.0,Sat May 26, 11:04 PM,4 min,34°,30° above NNW,10° above ENE|2018-05-27 07:39:00.0,Sun May 27, 00:39 AM,3 min,58°,10° above WNW,58° above N|2018-05-28 05:12:00.0,Sun May 27, 10:12 PM,3 min,35°,34° above NNW,10° above ENE|2018-05-28 06:46:00.0,Sun May 27, 11:46 PM,5 min,45°,10° above WNW,24° above ENE|2018-05-28 08:23:00.0,Mon May 28, 1:23 AM,< 1 min,15°,10° above WNW,15° above WNW|2018-05-29 05:56:00.0,Mon May 28, 10:56 PM,4 min,37°,32° above NNW,11° above ENE|2018-05-29 07:31:00.0,Tue May 29, 00:31 AM,2 min,44°,10° above WNW,44° above WNW|2018-05-30 05:04:00.0,Tue May 29, 10:04 PM,3 min,34°,33° above NNW,10° above ENE|2018-05-30 06:38:00.0,Tue May 29, 11:38 PM,4 min,68°,10° above WNW,46° above E|2018-05-31 05:48:00.0,Wed May 30, 10:48 PM,4 min,49°,31° above NW,15° above E|2018-05-31 07:23:00.0,Thu May 31, 00:23 AM,2 min,24°,10° above WNW,24° above W|2018-06-01 04:56:00.0,Thu May 31, 9:56 PM,4 min,39°,33° above NNW,11° above E|2018-06-01 06:30:00.0,Thu May 31, 11:30 PM,3 min,65°,10° above WNW,65° above SSW|2018-06-02 05:40:00.0,Fri Jun 1, 10:40 PM,3 min,79°,28° above WNW,24° above ESE|2018-06-02 07:15:00.0,Sat Jun 2, 00:15 AM,< 1 min,13°,10° above W,13° above W|2018-06-03 04:48:00.0,Sat Jun 2, 9:48 PM,4 min,55°,39° above NW,10° above E|2018-06-03 06:23:00.0,Sat Jun 2, 11:23 PM,3 min,32°,11° above W,32° above SW|2018-06-04 05:31:00.0,Sun Jun 3, 10:31 PM,4 min,54°,18° above WNW,22° above SE|2018-06-05 04:40:00.0,Mon Jun 4, 9:40 PM,4 min,88°,44° above WNW,11° above ESE|2018-06-05 06:16:00.0,Mon Jun 4, 11:16 PM,2 min,16°,11° above W,16° above SW|2018-06-06 05:23:00.0,Tue Jun 5, 10:23 PM,4 min,26°,11° above W,16° above S|2018-06-07 04:32:00.0,Wed Jun 6, 9:32 PM,4 min,45°,36° above WSW,11° above SE|

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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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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