WHERE AND WHEN TO LOOK: The International Space Station will appear in the northwestern part of the sky at 10 degrees. It will move toward the southeast and will set below the horizon in the southeast part of the sky at 19 degrees above the horizon. The ISS will be visible tonight at 9:51 p.m. for six minutes.
Keeping this in consideration, can you see the space station from Houston?
The International Space Station can be seen over Houston between 6:23 and 6:29 p.m. on Wednesday night. On any given night, the Sabine Street bridge between Memorial and Allen parkways is ripe for views of downtown. That makes it the best spot to watch the ISS fly by, which will come into view starting at 6:23 p.m.
Secondly, how often can you see the International Space Station?
Is ISS visible from Earth?
From most locations on Earth, assuming you have clear night skies, you can see ISS for yourself. It looks like a bright star moving quickly from horizon to horizon to us on Earth. As suddenly as it appears, it disappears.
But the ISS isn’t the only satellite to see. Of the roughly 3,000 spacecraft in Earth orbit, nearly 100 stand apart: the Iridium communications spacecraft. They periodically reflect sunlight toward the ground, causing brief but brilliant displays of light.
Sign Up Location: Houston, Texas, United States
|Date: Mon Dec 6, 7:09 PM||Visible: 2 min||Disappears: 26° above NNW|
|Date: Tue Dec 7, 6:35 PM||Visible: 4 min||Disappears: 37° above ENE|
|Date: Wed Dec 8, 6:00 PM||Visible: 7 min||Disappears: 10° above ESE|
|Date: Wed Dec 8, 7:39 PM||Visible: 3 min||Disappears: 17° above SW|
What time will the ISS appear tonight? The ISS will appear above the UK at roughly 9.49pm BST, according to Nasa’s ISS-tracker.
Observing the International Space Station
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.
Sign Up Location: Dallas, Texas, United States
|Date: Mon Dec 6, 6:50 PM||Visible: 3 min||Appears: 10° above NW|
|Date: Tue Dec 7, 6:03 PM||Visible: 6 min||Appears: 10° above NNW|
|Date: Tue Dec 7, 7:40 PM||Visible: 2 min||Appears: 10° above W|
|Date: Wed Dec 8, 6:52 PM||Visible: 6 min||Appears: 10° above WNW|
Sign Up Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States
|Date: Tue Dec 7, 7:41 PM||Visible: 2 min||Appears: 10° above WNW|
|Date: Wed Dec 8, 6:54 PM||Visible: 6 min||Appears: 10° above NW|
|Date: Thu Dec 9, 6:06 PM||Visible: 7 min||Appears: 10° above NW|
|Date: Fri Dec 10, 6:57 PM||Visible: 4 min||Appears: 10° above W|
The ISS will appear in our sky at 8:14 p.m. Friday, September 17 at 10 degrees above the southwest horizon. (Each 10 degrees in vertical space is about the width of a fist at the end of an outstretched arm.)
This means that those on board the ISS right now are: Kayla Barron, U.S. astronaut; Raja Chari, U.S. astronaut; Pyotr Dubrov, Russian cosmonaut; Thomas Marshburn, U.S. astronaut; Matthias Maurer, German astronaut; Anton Shkaplerov, Russian cosmonaut; and Mark Vande Hei, U.S. astronaut.