Space Station Spotting

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The International Space Station (ISS) is a manned research space facility that is being assembled in orbit around the Earth.

It's orbit is about 220 miles above the Earth. It is easily visible when it passes overhead a just before sunrise or just after sunset.


Sighting opportunities


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

very bright, passed right overhead, sky was still light

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Wow! Visible from very low, right on schedule. Beautyful bookends by mars and Jupiter.

September 07, 2009

very nice pass, the sky was still light at 7:20pm, but the station was very bright and Jupiter was also visible.

September 06, 2009

another nice pass, went right past the North Star.

January 17, 2009

great sighting today and Thursday. But, the time on the esa chart was early.

August 07, 2008

8:53. 87deg max. very bright! nice!

June 09, 2008

8:20, 29deg max. Very nice, long and low.

June 08, 2008

9:33, 56deg. Really nice, very bright with a bright crescent Moon. Was almost directly overhead when it disappeared into the shadow.

December 01, 2007

5:49, 31deg, beautiful!

August 2, 2007

9:00pm, 5 minutes, 55deg max elevation. another beautiful sighting!

August 1, 2007

8:38pm, 5 minutes, 29deg max elevation. a beautiful sighting

December 15, 2006

star track for Friday, December 15, 2006
star track for Friday, December 15, 2006

This looked like a perfect sighting opportunity, but, a storm is coming in and cloud cover was 100%.

December 14, 2006

Used the sky chart from ESA. I was a little late picking up the station but it followed the track on the chart and disappeared right one time. A nice sighting, low along the southern sky.

December 09, 2006

Very nice sighting this morning. Appeared low in the Southwest at 5:48am, moving toward the south behind low clouds.

December 08, 2006

I missed seeing the station this morning (5:24am) but did see another meteorite, trajectory straight down, to the west of my location.

December 06, 2006

Very pretty this morning. Rose in the NW at 6:12am close to the almost full moon. Crossed almost right overhead.

December 05, 2006

Great transit this morning starting at 5:48am reaching a max elevation of 32 degrees. Also saw two meteorites; very fast moving straight down towards and near the northern horizon.

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