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 Oakland

You find a list of the next sighting opportunities for Oakland 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

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Begin
05:41:10 AM PDT
Dur.
0:25
-0.6 mag
Thu, Oct 29, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (PDT) 05:41:10 AM 05:41:10 AM 05:41:35 AM
Direction N N NNE
Altitude 12° 12° 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.

Mon, Nov 02, 2020

Begin
06:19:49 AM PST
Dur.
2:45
-0.6 mag
Mon, Nov 02, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (PST) 06:19:49 AM 06:21:11 AM 06:22:34 AM
Direction N NNE NE
Altitude 10° 12° 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.

Wed, Nov 04, 2020

Begin
06:20:11 AM PST
Dur.
5:14
-1.4 mag
Wed, Nov 04, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (PST) 06:20:11 AM 06:22:48 AM 06:25:25 AM
Direction NNW NNE E
Altitude 10° 21° 10°
Brightness -1.4 mag -1.4 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, Nov 05, 2020

Begin
05:32:44 AM PST
Dur.
4:09
-0.9 mag
Thu, Nov 05, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (PST) 05:32:44 AM 05:34:49 AM 05:36:53 AM
Direction NNW NNE ENE
Altitude 10° 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.

Fri, Nov 06, 2020

Begin
04:46:37 AM PST
Dur.
1:29
-0.6 mag
Fri, Nov 06, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (PST) 04:46:37 AM 04:46:46 AM 04:48:06 AM
Direction NNE NNE NE
Altitude 12° 12° 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
06:20:56 AM PST
Dur.
6:28
-2.7 mag
Fri, Nov 06, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (PST) 06:20:56 AM 06:24:10 AM 06:27:24 AM
Direction NW NE ESE
Altitude 10° 51° 10°
Brightness -2.7 mag -2.7 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.

Sat, Nov 07, 2020

Begin
05:33:51 AM PST
Dur.
5:26
-1.9 mag
Sat, Nov 07, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (PST) 05:33:51 AM 05:36:17 AM 05:39:17 AM
Direction NNW NNE E
Altitude 14° 31° 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.

Sun, Nov 08, 2020

Begin
04:48:12 AM PST
Dur.
2:44
-1.4 mag
Sun, Nov 08, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (PST) 04:48:12 AM 04:48:21 AM 04:50:56 AM
Direction NNE NNE E
Altitude 21° 21° 10°
Brightness -1.4 mag -1.4 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
06:22:06 AM PST
Dur.
6:23
-2.6 mag
Sun, Nov 08, 2020 Begin Max. End
Time (PST) 06:22:06 AM 06:25:17 AM 06:28:29 AM
Direction WNW SW SSE
Altitude 10° 46° 10°
Brightness -2.6 mag -2.6 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.