International Space Station

ISS observation

When can I spot the Space Station?

Observing of the International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) can easily be spotted with the naked eye. Because of its size (110m x 100m x 30m), it reflects a large amount of sunlight.

The best time to observe the ISS is when it is nighttime at your location, and the Space Station is sunlit. Often, such a viewing situation occurs in the morning before sunrise, or in the evening after sunset.

Visible ISS passes over New York City

You find a list of the next sighting opportunities for New York City below. The green bars indicate the brightness of the ISS on its pass.

The list contains all visible passes of the ISS during the next ten days. Please click on a pass to get more details.

Past ISS passes

Wed, Oct 21, 2020

Begin
07:02:26 AM EDT
Dur.
0:09
-0.5 mag
Wed, Oct 21, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 07:02:26 AM 07:02:35 AM 07:02:35 AM
Direction SW SW SW
Altitude 10° 11° 11°
Brightness -0.5 mag -0.5 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.

Thu, Oct 22, 2020

Begin
06:15:00 AM EDT
Dur.
6:06
-2.1 mag
Thu, Oct 22, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 06:15:00 AM 06:18:03 AM 06:21:06 AM
Direction SSW SE ENE
Altitude 10° 35° 10°
Brightness -2.1 mag -2.1 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Begin
05:28:36 AM EDT
Dur.
4:22
-1.3 mag
Fri, Oct 23, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 05:28:36 AM 05:30:26 AM 05:32:58 AM
Direction S SE E
Altitude 14° 20° 10°
Brightness -1.3 mag -1.3 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.
Begin
07:03:50 AM EDT
Dur.
0:57
-1.1 mag
Fri, Oct 23, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 07:03:50 AM 07:04:47 AM 07:04:47 AM
Direction WSW W W
Altitude 10° 17° 17°
Brightness -1.1 mag -1.1 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.

Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Begin
04:43:38 AM EDT
Dur.
0:35
-0.6 mag
Sat, Oct 24, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 04:43:38 AM 04:43:38 AM 04:44:13 AM
Direction ESE ESE ESE
Altitude 11° 11° 10°
Brightness -0.6 mag -0.6 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.
Begin
06:16:37 AM EDT
Dur.
5:56
-3.2 mag
Sat, Oct 24, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 06:16:37 AM 06:19:15 AM 06:22:33 AM
Direction WSW NW NE
Altitude 15° 75° 10°
Brightness -3.2 mag -3.2 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.

Sun, Oct 25, 2020

Begin
05:31:26 AM EDT
Dur.
3:21
-3.0 mag
Sun, Oct 25, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 05:31:26 AM 05:31:31 AM 05:34:47 AM
Direction SSE SE ENE
Altitude 62° 62° 10°
Brightness -3.0 mag -3.0 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.
Begin
07:05:51 AM EDT
Dur.
1:10
-1.0 mag
Sun, Oct 25, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 07:05:51 AM 07:07:01 AM 07:07:01 AM
Direction WNW WNW WNW
Altitude 10° 17° 17°
Brightness -1.0 mag -1.0 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

Begin
04:46:05 AM EDT
Dur.
0:48
-0.9 mag
Mon, Oct 26, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 04:46:05 AM 04:46:05 AM 04:46:53 AM
Direction ENE ENE ENE
Altitude 16° 16° 10°
Brightness -0.9 mag -0.9 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.
Begin
06:19:03 AM EDT
Dur.
4:35
-1.9 mag
Mon, Oct 26, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 06:19:03 AM 06:20:39 AM 06:23:38 AM
Direction WNW NNW NE
Altitude 20° 30° 10°
Brightness -1.9 mag -1.9 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.

Tue, Oct 27, 2020

Begin
05:33:35 AM EDT
Dur.
2:25
-2.2 mag
Tue, Oct 27, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 05:33:35 AM 05:33:35 AM 05:36:00 AM
Direction N N NE
Altitude 37° 37° 10°
Brightness -2.2 mag -2.2 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.
Begin
07:08:13 AM EDT
Dur.
1:02
-0.8 mag
Tue, Oct 27, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 07:08:13 AM 07:09:15 AM 07:09:15 AM
Direction NW NNW NNW
Altitude 10° 14° 14°
Brightness -0.8 mag -0.8 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.

Wed, Oct 28, 2020

Begin
04:48:00 AM EDT
Dur.
0:19
-0.7 mag
Wed, Oct 28, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 04:48:00 AM 04:48:00 AM 04:48:19 AM
Direction NE NE NE
Altitude 12° 12° 10°
Brightness -0.7 mag -0.7 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.
Begin
06:20:57 AM EDT
Dur.
3:39
-1.1 mag
Wed, Oct 28, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 06:20:57 AM 06:22:15 AM 06:24:36 AM
Direction NW NNW NNE
Altitude 15° 18° 10°
Brightness -1.1 mag -1.1 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Begin
05:35:18 AM EDT
Dur.
1:42
-1.3 mag
Thu, Oct 29, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 05:35:18 AM 05:35:18 AM 05:37:00 AM
Direction N N NNE
Altitude 20° 20° 10°
Brightness -1.3 mag -1.3 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.
Begin
07:10:26 AM EDT
Dur.
1:04
-0.7 mag
Thu, Oct 29, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 07:10:26 AM 07:11:30 AM 07:11:30 AM
Direction NNW NNW NNW
Altitude 10° 12° 12°
Brightness -0.7 mag -0.7 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.

Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Begin
06:22:31 AM EDT
Dur.
3:11
-0.8 mag
Fri, Oct 30, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 06:22:31 AM 06:23:59 AM 06:25:42 AM
Direction NW N NNE
Altitude 11° 13° 10°
Brightness -0.8 mag -0.8 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.

Sat, Oct 31, 2020

Begin
05:36:46 AM EDT
Dur.
1:13
-0.8 mag
Sat, Oct 31, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 05:36:46 AM 05:36:46 AM 05:37:59 AM
Direction N N NNE
Altitude 14° 14° 10°
Brightness -0.8 mag -0.8 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.
Begin
07:11:58 AM EDT
Dur.
1:49
-0.8 mag
Sat, Oct 31, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (EDT) 07:11:58 AM 07:13:47 AM 07:13:47 AM
Direction NNW N N
Altitude 10° 14° 14°
Brightness -0.8 mag -0.8 mag
The grey circle indicates the area where the Space Station is at least 10° above the horizon.
The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible.
On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon or the sky is not dark enough to see the ISS.