The International Space Station is in an orbit with a few passes over our region today. The most impressive one will be this evening as our sky will be dark, but the altitude of ISS will be high enough to still capture sunlight and appear to glow bright. The best viewing today, if the clouds clear, will be at 8:45 PM. Below you will see view tips, ISS trivia, Live streaming video from ISS, and a global tracking map.


Viewing Tips

Our view of the ISS flyover will last about 5 minutes and peak at 8:45 PM. The track will start from the southwest sky, or to the left of due south. Or, look in the direction of the sunset and turn about halfway to your left.

ISS will pass almost directly overhead and then move off to the northeast. Due to the high altitude, ISS will be reflecting sunlight even though we will be in dusk below. It will make the Space Station appear like a fast moving plane with a very bight light, but no blinking lights.



ISS Trivia

You will be able to see it with your own eyes, but binoculars may helming you identify some of the solar panels and central structure. I don’t recommend a telescope since it will be moving pretty fast. Check out these stats:


  • Orbital speed: 17,000 mph
  • Complete Orbit = 92.65 minutes
  • Orbits per day: 15.54
  • Days in orbit: 17 years, 26 days
  • Altitude:  Ranges between 249 and 256 miles above the ground



Live View From ISS


Tracking Map

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