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The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Nov 22, 2017 through Friday Dec 8, 2017

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Nov 24, 6:40 PM 2 min 24° 10° above SSW 24° above S  
Sat Nov 25, 5:49 PM 3 min 16° 10° above S 14° above ESE  
Sun Nov 26, 6:33 PM 2 min 79° 19° above SW 74° above N  
Mon Nov 27, 5:40 PM 6 min 45° 10° above SSW 13° above ENE  
Mon Nov 27, 7:17 PM < 1 min 14° 11° above WNW 14° above WNW  
Tue Nov 28, 6:26 PM 2 min 30° 22° above WNW 24° above N  
Wed Nov 29, 5:34 PM 4 min 60° 42° above W 10° above NE  
Thu Nov 30, 6:17 PM 3 min 15° 10° above WNW 12° above N  
Fri Dec 1, 5:26 PM 4 min 24° 19° above WNW 10° above NNE  
Sun Dec 3, 5:20 PM < 1 min 12° 12° above N 10° above N  
2017-11-24 23:40:00.0,Fri Nov 24, 6:40 PM,2 min,24°,10° above SSW,24° above S|2017-11-25 22:49:00.0,Sat Nov 25, 5:49 PM,3 min,16°,10° above S,14° above ESE|2017-11-26 23:33:00.0,Sun Nov 26, 6:33 PM,2 min,79°,19° above SW,74° above N|2017-11-27 22:40:00.0,Mon Nov 27, 5:40 PM,6 min,45°,10° above SSW,13° above ENE|2017-11-28 00:17:00.0,Mon Nov 27, 7:17 PM,< 1 min,14°,11° above WNW,14° above WNW|2017-11-28 23:26:00.0,Tue Nov 28, 6:26 PM,2 min,30°,22° above WNW,24° above N|2017-11-29 22:34:00.0,Wed Nov 29, 5:34 PM,4 min,60°,42° above W,10° above NE|2017-11-30 23:17:00.0,Thu Nov 30, 6:17 PM,3 min,15°,10° above WNW,12° above N|2017-12-01 22:26:00.0,Fri Dec 1, 5:26 PM,4 min,24°,19° above WNW,10° above NNE|2017-12-03 22:20:00.0,Sun Dec 3, 5:20 PM,< 1 min,12°,12° above N,10° above N|

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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

Visit the JSC Flickr photo gallery of ISS sightings

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.

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