The International Space Station (ISS) has been visible from Cape Town from May 6. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) encouraged Capetonians to ‘spot the Space Station’ from their homes, and we obliged.

Here are some sightings from around the Cape:


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This mornings’ challenge was to get to the top of Ou Kaapse Weg (highest road in my area) to see the International Space Station orbiting overhead. Just made it!!! Was incredible to see this dot in the sky, moving unimaginably fast, knowing that there were humans up there looking down on us. #iss #runningmotivation #salomon

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Last Night’s Autumnal ISS Pass #autumn #AllTheLeavesAreBrown #ISS #SpotTheStation #spacestation

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#iss #internationalspacestation over #capetown

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If you haven’t yet seen the ISS and want to make the mission to catch a glimpse of it, here is a detailed list of the upcoming sightings:

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Time is when the sighting opportunity will begin in your local time zone. 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.

Visible is the maximum time period the space station is visible before crossing back below the horizon.

Max Height is measured in degrees (also known as elevation). It represents the height of the space station from the horizon in the night sky. The horizon is at zero degrees, and directly overhead is ninety degrees. If you hold your fist at arm’s length and place your fist resting on the horizon, the top will be about 10 degrees.

Appears is the location in the sky where the station will be visible first. This value, like maximum height, also is measured in degrees from the horizon. The letters represent compass directions — N is north, WNW is west by northwest, and so on.

Disappears represents where in the night sky the International Space Station will leave your field of view.

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Imogen Searra