International Space Station Visible to the Naked Eye Tonight, Tomorrow Night

The International Space Station will be visible to the naked eye tonight and tomorrow night.  The station orbits the Earth at a height of 254 miles and travels at a mind-blowing 17,500 miles per hour, or 4.76 miles per second. 

  • Tonight, it will become visible at 8:27 PM in the northwestern sky and will travel to the southwest.  It will be visible for about three minutes.  It will move at a maximum height of about 43° above the horizon.
  • Tomorrow night, it will become visible at 7:39 PM in the northwestern sky and will travel to the southeast.  It will be visible for about six minutes.  It will move almost directly overhead at about 89° above the horizon.

The space station will look like a bright star, like the North Star, and will be moving quickly across the evening sky. 

The space station passes overhead many times a day but lighting conditions usually make it difficult or impossible to see.  All sightings will occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky.


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