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.

Tue, Nov 12, 2019

Begin
05:13:20 AM EST
Dur.
3:48
-2.5 mag
Tue, Nov 12, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:13:20 AM 05:13:56 AM 05:17:08 AM
Direction WSW SW SSE
Altitude 39° 45° 10°
Brightness -2.5 mag -2.5 mag

Wed, Nov 13, 2019

Begin
04:27:21 AM EST
Dur.
1:35
-1.6 mag
Wed, Nov 13, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 04:27:21 AM 04:27:21 AM 04:28:56 AM
Direction SE SE SE
Altitude 26° 26° 10°
Brightness -1.6 mag -1.6 mag

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Begin
05:14:24 AM EST
Dur.
1:22
-0.9 mag
Thu, Nov 14, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:14:24 AM 05:14:24 AM 05:15:46 AM
Direction SSW SSW S
Altitude 15° 15° 10°
Brightness -0.9 mag -0.9 mag

Tue, Nov 19, 2019

Begin
05:53:53 PM EST
Dur.
0:05
-0.5 mag
Tue, Nov 19, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:53:53 PM 05:53:58 PM 05:53:58 PM
Direction SE SE SE
Altitude 10° 10° 10°
Brightness -0.5 mag -0.5 mag

Wed, Nov 20, 2019

Begin
06:39:20 PM EST
Dur.
1:36
-1.6 mag
Wed, Nov 20, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 06:39:20 PM 06:40:56 PM 06:40:56 PM
Direction SW SSW SSW
Altitude 10° 25° 25°
Brightness -1.6 mag -1.6 mag

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Begin
05:51:20 PM EST
Dur.
3:33
-1.9 mag
Thu, Nov 21, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:51:20 PM 05:54:17 PM 05:54:53 PM
Direction SSW SE ESE
Altitude 10° 30° 28°
Brightness -1.9 mag -1.9 mag

Fri, Nov 22, 2019

Begin
05:03:47 PM EST
Dur.
4:32
-1.1 mag
Fri, Nov 22, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:03:47 PM 05:06:03 PM 05:08:19 PM
Direction S SE E
Altitude 10° 17° 10°
Brightness -1.1 mag -1.1 mag
Begin
06:39:17 PM EST
Dur.
2:23
-2.3 mag
Fri, Nov 22, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 06:39:17 PM 06:41:40 PM 06:41:40 PM
Direction WSW W W
Altitude 10° 39° 39°
Brightness -2.3 mag -2.3 mag