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Location: Wheeling, West Virginia, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday May 14, 2021 through Saturday May 29, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri May 14, 9:25 PM 6 min 25° 10° above S 10° above ENE  
Fri May 14, 11:01 PM 6 min 37° 10° above W 10° above NE  
Sat May 15, 12:40 AM 3 min 13° 10° above NW 10° above NNE  
Sat May 15, 2:18 AM 3 min 13° 10° above NNW 10° above NE  
Sat May 15, 3:54 AM 6 min 35° 10° above NW 10° above E  
Sat May 15, 10:14 PM 7 min 59° 10° above WSW 10° above NE  
Sat May 15, 11:52 PM 4 min 16° 10° above NW 10° above NNE  
Sun May 16, 1:31 AM 3 min 12° 10° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Sun May 16, 3:07 AM 6 min 25° 10° above NNW 10° above E  
Sun May 16, 4:44 AM 7 min 47° 10° above WNW 10° above SSE  
Sun May 16, 9:26 PM 7 min 80° 10° above SW 10° above NE  
Sun May 16, 11:04 PM 5 min 19° 10° above WNW 10° above NNE  
Mon May 17, 12:43 AM 3 min 12° 10° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Mon May 17, 2:20 AM 2 min 19° 10° above NNW 19° above NNE  
Mon May 17, 3:59 AM 4 min 85° 81° above W 10° above SE  
Mon May 17, 10:16 PM 6 min 26° 10° above W 10° above NNE  
Mon May 17, 11:55 PM 3 min 12° 10° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Tue May 18, 1:33 AM 2 min 15° 10° above NNW 15° above N  
Tue May 18, 9:28 PM 6 min 37° 10° above W 10° above NE  
Tue May 18, 11:07 PM 3 min 13° 10° above NW 10° above NNE  
Wed May 19, 12:45 AM 3 min 13° 10° above NNW 12° above NNE  
Wed May 19, 10:19 PM 4 min 16° 10° above NW 10° above NNE  
Wed May 19, 11:58 PM 3 min 12° 10° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Thu May 20, 1:34 AM 1 min 13° 10° above NNW 13° above NNW  
Thu May 20, 9:31 PM 5 min 19° 10° above WNW 10° above NNE  
Thu May 20, 11:10 PM 3 min 12° 10° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Fri May 21, 12:47 AM 2 min 18° 10° above NNW 18° above N  
Fri May 21, 10:23 PM 3 min 12° 10° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Sat May 22, 12:00 AM 3 min 15° 10° above NNW 15° above NNE  
Sat May 22, 9:35 PM 3 min 13° 10° above NW 10° above NNE  
Sat May 22, 11:13 PM 3 min 13° 10° above NNW 10° above NE  
Sun May 23, 12:49 AM 1 min 17° 10° above NW 17° above NNW  
Sun May 23, 10:25 PM 3 min 12° 10° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Mon May 24, 12:01 AM 2 min 24° 10° above NNW 24° above N  
Mon May 24, 9:38 PM 2 min 12° 10° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Mon May 24, 11:14 PM 4 min 19° 10° above NNW 16° above NE  
Tue May 25, 12:51 AM < 1 min 12° 10° above NW 12° above NW  
Tue May 25, 10:27 PM 4 min 15° 10° above NNW 10° above NE  
Wed May 26, 12:03 AM 2 min 27° 10° above NW 27° above NW  
Wed May 26, 9:40 PM 3 min 13° 10° above NNW 10° above NE  
Wed May 26, 11:16 PM 3 min 36° 10° above NW 36° above NE  
Thu May 27, 10:29 PM 5 min 25° 10° above NNW 17° above ENE  
Fri May 28, 12:05 AM 1 min 18° 10° above WNW 18° above WNW  
Fri May 28, 9:42 PM 5 min 19° 10° above NNW 10° above ENE  
Fri May 28, 11:18 PM 3 min 56° 10° above NW 56° above WNW  
2021-05-15 01:25:00.0,Fri May 14, 9:25 PM,6 min,25°,10° above S,10° above ENE|2021-05-15 03:01:00.0,Fri May 14, 11:01 PM,6 min,37°,10° above W,10° above NE|2021-05-15 04:40:00.0,Sat May 15, 12:40 AM,3 min,13°,10° above NW,10° above NNE|2021-05-15 06:18:00.0,Sat May 15, 2:18 AM,3 min,13°,10° above NNW,10° above NE|2021-05-15 07:54:00.0,Sat May 15, 3:54 AM,6 min,35°,10° above NW,10° above E|2021-05-16 02:14:00.0,Sat May 15, 10:14 PM,7 min,59°,10° above WSW,10° above NE|2021-05-16 03:52:00.0,Sat May 15, 11:52 PM,4 min,16°,10° above NW,10° above NNE|2021-05-16 05:31:00.0,Sun May 16, 1:31 AM,3 min,12°,10° above NNW,10° above NNE|2021-05-16 07:07:00.0,Sun May 16, 3:07 AM,6 min,25°,10° above NNW,10° above E|2021-05-16 08:44:00.0,Sun May 16, 4:44 AM,7 min,47°,10° above WNW,10° above SSE|2021-05-17 01:26:00.0,Sun May 16, 9:26 PM,7 min,80°,10° above SW,10° above NE|2021-05-17 03:04:00.0,Sun May 16, 11:04 PM,5 min,19°,10° above WNW,10° above NNE|2021-05-17 04:43:00.0,Mon May 17, 12:43 AM,3 min,12°,10° above NNW,10° above NNE|2021-05-17 06:20:00.0,Mon May 17, 2:20 AM,2 min,19°,10° above NNW,19° above NNE|2021-05-17 07:59:00.0,Mon May 17, 3:59 AM,4 min,85°,81° above W,10° above SE|2021-05-18 02:16:00.0,Mon May 17, 10:16 PM,6 min,26°,10° above W,10° above NNE|2021-05-18 03:55:00.0,Mon May 17, 11:55 PM,3 min,12°,10° above NNW,10° above NNE|2021-05-18 05:33:00.0,Tue May 18, 1:33 AM,2 min,15°,10° above NNW,15° above N|2021-05-19 01:28:00.0,Tue May 18, 9:28 PM,6 min,37°,10° above W,10° above NE|2021-05-19 03:07:00.0,Tue May 18, 11:07 PM,3 min,13°,10° above NW,10° above NNE|2021-05-19 04:45:00.0,Wed May 19, 12:45 AM,3 min,13°,10° above NNW,12° above NNE|2021-05-20 02:19:00.0,Wed May 19, 10:19 PM,4 min,16°,10° above NW,10° above NNE|2021-05-20 03:58:00.0,Wed May 19, 11:58 PM,3 min,12°,10° above NNW,10° above NNE|2021-05-20 05:34:00.0,Thu May 20, 1:34 AM,1 min,13°,10° above NNW,13° above NNW|2021-05-21 01:31:00.0,Thu May 20, 9:31 PM,5 min,19°,10° above WNW,10° above NNE|2021-05-21 03:10:00.0,Thu May 20, 11:10 PM,3 min,12°,10° above NNW,10° above NNE|2021-05-21 04:47:00.0,Fri May 21, 12:47 AM,2 min,18°,10° above NNW,18° above N|2021-05-22 02:23:00.0,Fri May 21, 10:23 PM,3 min,12°,10° above NNW,10° above NNE|2021-05-22 04:00:00.0,Sat May 22, 12:00 AM,3 min,15°,10° above NNW,15° above NNE|2021-05-23 01:35:00.0,Sat May 22, 9:35 PM,3 min,13°,10° above NW,10° above NNE|2021-05-23 03:13:00.0,Sat May 22, 11:13 PM,3 min,13°,10° above NNW,10° above NE|2021-05-23 04:49:00.0,Sun May 23, 12:49 AM,1 min,17°,10° above NW,17° above NNW|2021-05-24 02:25:00.0,Sun May 23, 10:25 PM,3 min,12°,10° above NNW,10° above NNE|2021-05-24 04:01:00.0,Mon May 24, 12:01 AM,2 min,24°,10° above NNW,24° above N|2021-05-25 01:38:00.0,Mon May 24, 9:38 PM,2 min,12°,10° above NNW,10° above NNE|2021-05-25 03:14:00.0,Mon May 24, 11:14 PM,4 min,19°,10° above NNW,16° above NE|2021-05-25 04:51:00.0,Tue May 25, 12:51 AM,< 1 min,12°,10° above NW,12° above NW|2021-05-26 02:27:00.0,Tue May 25, 10:27 PM,4 min,15°,10° above NNW,10° above NE|2021-05-26 04:03:00.0,Wed May 26, 12:03 AM,2 min,27°,10° above NW,27° above NW|2021-05-27 01:40:00.0,Wed May 26, 9:40 PM,3 min,13°,10° above NNW,10° above NE|2021-05-27 03:16:00.0,Wed May 26, 11:16 PM,3 min,36°,10° above NW,36° above NE|2021-05-28 02:29:00.0,Thu May 27, 10:29 PM,5 min,25°,10° above NNW,17° above ENE|2021-05-28 04:05:00.0,Fri May 28, 12:05 AM,1 min,18°,10° above WNW,18° above WNW|2021-05-29 01:42:00.0,Fri May 28, 9:42 PM,5 min,19°,10° above NNW,10° above ENE|2021-05-29 03:18:00.0,Fri May 28, 11:18 PM,3 min,56°,10° above NW,56° above WNW|

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.