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.

Sat, Dec 14, 2019

Begin
05:03:45 PM EST
Dur.
4:26
-1.0 mag
Sat, Dec 14, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:03:45 PM 05:05:58 PM 05:08:11 PM
Direction W SW S
Altitude 10° 17° 10°
Brightness -1.0 mag -1.0 mag

Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Begin
06:32:25 AM EST
Dur.
4:25
-1.1 mag
Thu, Dec 19, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 06:32:25 AM 06:34:38 AM 06:36:50 AM
Direction S SE E
Altitude 10° 17° 10°
Brightness -1.1 mag -1.1 mag

Sat, Dec 21, 2019

Begin
06:30:58 AM EST
Dur.
6:20
-2.7 mag
Sat, Dec 21, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 06:30:58 AM 06:34:08 AM 06:37:18 AM
Direction SW SE ENE
Altitude 10° 48° 10°
Brightness -2.7 mag -2.7 mag

Sun, Dec 22, 2019

Begin
05:42:55 AM EST
Dur.
5:39
-1.8 mag
Sun, Dec 22, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 05:42:55 AM 05:45:44 AM 05:48:34 AM
Direction SSW SE ENE
Altitude 10° 27° 10°
Brightness -1.8 mag -1.8 mag

Mon, Dec 23, 2019

Begin
04:56:07 AM EST
Dur.
3:20
-1.0 mag
Mon, Dec 23, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 04:56:07 AM 04:57:24 AM 04:59:27 AM
Direction SSE SE E
Altitude 13° 16° 10°
Brightness -1.0 mag -1.0 mag
Begin
06:30:37 AM EST
Dur.
6:26
-2.9 mag
Mon, Dec 23, 2019 Begin Max. End
Time (EST) 06:30:37 AM 06:33:50 AM 06:37:03 AM
Direction WSW NNW NE
Altitude 10° 57° 10°
Brightness -2.9 mag -2.9 mag