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Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday May 20, 2022 through Saturday Jun 4, 2022

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri May 20, 10:52 PM 6 min 40° 10° above WNW 10° above ENE  
Sat May 21, 12:29 AM 3 min 57° 10° above WNW 57° above WNW  
Sat May 21, 10:04 PM 6 min 39° 10° above WNW 10° above ENE  
Sat May 21, 11:41 PM 4 min 66° 10° above WNW 47° above E  
Sun May 22, 10:53 PM 6 min 52° 10° above WNW 16° above E  
Mon May 23, 12:30 AM 2 min 26° 10° above WNW 26° above W  
Mon May 23, 10:05 PM 6 min 44° 10° above WNW 10° above E  
Mon May 23, 11:42 PM 3 min 65° 10° above WNW 65° above SW  
Tue May 24, 10:54 PM 5 min 87° 10° above WNW 30° above ESE  
Wed May 25, 12:31 AM 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Wed May 25, 10:06 PM 7 min 64° 10° above WNW 11° above ESE  
Wed May 25, 11:43 PM 2 min 28° 10° above W 28° above SW  
Thu May 26, 10:54 PM 4 min 44° 10° above WNW 33° above SSE  
Fri May 27, 10:06 PM 6 min 68° 10° above WNW 14° above SE  
Fri May 27, 11:44 PM 1 min 12° 10° above WSW 12° above WSW  
Sat May 28, 10:55 PM 3 min 20° 10° above W 18° above SSW  
Sun May 29, 10:07 PM 5 min 30° 10° above W 13° above SSE  
Tue May 31, 10:08 PM 3 min 13° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  
2022-05-21 05:52:00.0,Fri May 20, 10:52 PM,6 min,40°,10° above WNW,10° above ENE|2022-05-21 07:29:00.0,Sat May 21, 12:29 AM,3 min,57°,10° above WNW,57° above WNW|2022-05-22 05:04:00.0,Sat May 21, 10:04 PM,6 min,39°,10° above WNW,10° above ENE|2022-05-22 06:41:00.0,Sat May 21, 11:41 PM,4 min,66°,10° above WNW,47° above E|2022-05-23 05:53:00.0,Sun May 22, 10:53 PM,6 min,52°,10° above WNW,16° above E|2022-05-23 07:30:00.0,Mon May 23, 12:30 AM,2 min,26°,10° above WNW,26° above W|2022-05-24 05:05:00.0,Mon May 23, 10:05 PM,6 min,44°,10° above WNW,10° above E|2022-05-24 06:42:00.0,Mon May 23, 11:42 PM,3 min,65°,10° above WNW,65° above SW|2022-05-25 05:54:00.0,Tue May 24, 10:54 PM,5 min,87°,10° above WNW,30° above ESE|2022-05-25 07:31:00.0,Wed May 25, 12:31 AM,1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2022-05-26 05:06:00.0,Wed May 25, 10:06 PM,7 min,64°,10° above WNW,11° above ESE|2022-05-26 06:43:00.0,Wed May 25, 11:43 PM,2 min,28°,10° above W,28° above SW|2022-05-27 05:54:00.0,Thu May 26, 10:54 PM,4 min,44°,10° above WNW,33° above SSE|2022-05-28 05:06:00.0,Fri May 27, 10:06 PM,6 min,68°,10° above WNW,14° above SE|2022-05-28 06:44:00.0,Fri May 27, 11:44 PM,1 min,12°,10° above WSW,12° above WSW|2022-05-29 05:55:00.0,Sat May 28, 10:55 PM,3 min,20°,10° above W,18° above SSW|2022-05-30 05:07:00.0,Sun May 29, 10:07 PM,5 min,30°,10° above W,13° above SSE|2022-06-01 05:08:00.0,Tue May 31, 10:08 PM,3 min,13°,10° above WSW,10° above SSW|

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 chart. Click the link for a detailed description of the astronomical horizon and sighting alert messages.