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.

Fri, Dec 06, 2019

Begin
05:04:27 PM EST
Dur.
4:27
-1.0 mag
Fri, Dec 06, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:04:27 PM 05:06:40 PM 05:08:54 PM
Direction NNW NNE ENE
Altitude 10° 17° 10°
Brightness -1.0 mag -1.0 mag
Begin
06:40:39 PM EST
Dur.
1:14
-1.3 mag
Fri, Dec 06, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 06:40:39 PM 06:41:53 PM 06:41:53 PM
Direction NW NW NW
Altitude 10° 21° 21°
Brightness -1.3 mag -1.3 mag

Sat, Dec 07, 2019

Begin
05:52:17 PM EST
Dur.
3:30
-2.3 mag
Sat, Dec 07, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:52:17 PM 05:55:24 PM 05:55:47 PM
Direction NW NNE NE
Altitude 10° 39° 37°
Brightness -2.3 mag -2.3 mag

Sun, Dec 08, 2019

Begin
05:03:57 PM EST
Dur.
5:44
-1.7 mag
Sun, Dec 08, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:03:57 PM 05:06:49 PM 05:09:41 PM
Direction NW NNE E
Altitude 10° 27° 10°
Brightness -1.7 mag -1.7 mag
Begin
06:40:30 PM EST
Dur.
2:21
-2.2 mag
Sun, Dec 08, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 06:40:30 PM 06:42:51 PM 06:42:51 PM
Direction WNW W W
Altitude 10° 35° 35°
Brightness -2.2 mag -2.2 mag

Mon, Dec 09, 2019

Begin
05:51:57 PM EST
Dur.
5:18
-3.2 mag
Mon, Dec 09, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:51:57 PM 05:55:15 PM 05:57:15 PM
Direction NW SSW SE
Altitude 10° 80° 22°
Brightness -3.2 mag -3.2 mag

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Begin
05:03:31 PM EST
Dur.
6:31
-2.9 mag
Tue, Dec 10, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:03:31 PM 05:06:46 PM 05:10:02 PM
Direction NW NE ESE
Altitude 10° 59° 10°
Brightness -2.9 mag -2.9 mag
Begin
06:41:08 PM EST
Dur.
3:57
-0.9 mag
Tue, Dec 10, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 06:41:08 PM 06:43:12 PM 06:45:05 PM
Direction W SW SSW
Altitude 10° 16° 11°
Brightness -0.9 mag -0.9 mag

Wed, Dec 11, 2019

Begin
05:52:02 PM EST
Dur.
5:42
-1.7 mag
Wed, Dec 11, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:52:02 PM 05:54:53 PM 05:57:44 PM
Direction WNW SW SSE
Altitude 10° 27° 10°
Brightness -1.7 mag -1.7 mag

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Begin
05:03:19 PM EST
Dur.
6:23
-2.6 mag
Thu, Dec 12, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:03:19 PM 05:06:31 PM 05:09:42 PM
Direction WNW SW SE
Altitude 10° 48° 10°
Brightness -2.6 mag -2.6 mag

Sat, Dec 14, 2019

Begin
05:03:50 PM EST
Dur.
4:25
-1.0 mag
Sat, Dec 14, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:03:50 PM 05:06:02 PM 05:08:15 PM
Direction W SW S
Altitude 10° 17° 10°
Brightness -1.0 mag -1.0 mag