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Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Oct 11, 2019 through Thursday Oct 31, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Oct 17, 3:54 AM 2 min 21° 21° above SE 11° above E  
Thu Oct 17, 5:27 AM 6 min 39° 12° above WSW 10° above NNE  
Thu Oct 17, 8:31 PM 1 min 21° 11° above N 21° above NNE  
Fri Oct 18, 4:41 AM 4 min 78° 66° above WSW 10° above NE  
Fri Oct 18, 7:44 PM 4 min 14° 10° above NNE 10° above E  
Fri Oct 18, 9:19 PM 3 min 43° 10° above WNW 43° above SW  
Sat Oct 19, 5:30 AM 1 min 12° 12° above NW 10° above NNW  
Sat Oct 19, 8:30 PM 6 min 85° 10° above NW 12° above SE  
Sun Oct 20, 7:42 PM 6 min 47° 11° above NNW 10° above ESE  
Sun Oct 20, 9:22 PM 2 min 18° 18° above SSW 11° above SSE  
Mon Oct 21, 8:33 PM 3 min 28° 27° above SW 10° above SSE  
Tue Oct 22, 7:44 PM 4 min 49° 43° above WSW 11° above SE  
Tue Oct 22, 9:22 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above SSW  
Wed Oct 23, 8:33 PM 2 min 13° 13° above SSW 10° above S  
Thu Oct 24, 7:46 PM 1 min 15° 15° above S 10° above SSE  
Tue Oct 29, 10:10 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above S 10° above S  
Thu Oct 31, 10:09 PM < 1 min 15° 13° above SSW 15° above SSW  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Friday Oct 11, 2019 through Thursday Oct 31, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Oct 14, 5:39 AM 3 min 24° 10° above SSW 23° above SE  
Tue Oct 15, 5:06 AM 3 min 21° 10° above SSW 20° above SSE  
Wed Oct 16, 4:34 AM 3 min 18° 11° above SSW 18° above SSE  
Thu Oct 17, 4:02 AM 3 min 16° 10° above SSW 16° above SSE  
Thu Oct 17, 5:39 AM 7 min 81° 10° above SW 12° above NE  
Fri Oct 18, 3:31 AM 1 min 14° 14° above SSE 13° above SE  
Fri Oct 18, 5:06 AM 7 min 79° 10° above SW 12° above NE  
Fri Oct 18, 8:22 PM < 1 min 12° 11° above NNE 12° above NNE  
Sat Oct 19, 4:34 AM 6 min 63° 18° above SW 11° above ENE  
Sat Oct 19, 7:50 PM 3 min 13° 10° above NNE 10° above E  
Sat Oct 19, 9:25 PM 3 min 42° 10° above WNW 42° above W  
Sun Oct 20, 4:05 AM 3 min 47° 47° above ESE 10° above ENE  
Sun Oct 20, 5:40 AM 4 min 15° 10° above W 10° above NNW  
Sun Oct 20, 8:53 PM 6 min 74° 10° above NW 17° above SE  
Sun Oct 20, 10:33 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW  
Mon Oct 21, 5:10 AM 2 min 18° 18° above NW 10° above N  
Mon Oct 21, 8:20 PM 7 min 87° 10° above NW 10° above SE  
Mon Oct 21, 10:01 PM 2 min 15° 15° above SW 13° above S  
Tue Oct 22, 7:48 PM 7 min 69° 10° above NW 11° above SE  
Tue Oct 22, 9:29 PM 3 min 17° 17° above SW 11° above SSE  
Wed Oct 23, 8:56 PM 3 min 20° 20° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Thu Oct 24, 8:24 PM 3 min 23° 23° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Fri Oct 25, 7:51 PM 3 min 27° 27° above SW 11° above SSE  
2019-10-16 16:54:00.0,Thu Oct 17, 3:54 AM,2 min,21°,21° above SE,11° above E|2019-10-16 18:27:00.0,Thu Oct 17, 5:27 AM,6 min,39°,12° above WSW,10° above NNE|2019-10-17 09:31:00.0,Thu Oct 17, 8:31 PM,1 min,21°,11° above N,21° above NNE|2019-10-17 17:41:00.0,Fri Oct 18, 4:41 AM,4 min,78°,66° above WSW,10° above NE|2019-10-18 08:44:00.0,Fri Oct 18, 7:44 PM,4 min,14°,10° above NNE,10° above E|2019-10-18 10:19:00.0,Fri Oct 18, 9:19 PM,3 min,43°,10° above WNW,43° above SW|2019-10-18 18:30:00.0,Sat Oct 19, 5:30 AM,1 min,12°,12° above NW,10° above NNW|2019-10-19 09:30:00.0,Sat Oct 19, 8:30 PM,6 min,85°,10° above NW,12° above SE|2019-10-20 08:42:00.0,Sun Oct 20, 7:42 PM,6 min,47°,11° above NNW,10° above ESE|2019-10-20 10:22:00.0,Sun Oct 20, 9:22 PM,2 min,18°,18° above SSW,11° above SSE|2019-10-21 09:33:00.0,Mon Oct 21, 8:33 PM,3 min,28°,27° above SW,10° above SSE|2019-10-22 08:44:00.0,Tue Oct 22, 7:44 PM,4 min,49°,43° above WSW,11° above SE|2019-10-22 10:22:00.0,Tue Oct 22, 9:22 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSW,10° above SSW|2019-10-23 09:33:00.0,Wed Oct 23, 8:33 PM,2 min,13°,13° above SSW,10° above S|2019-10-24 08:46:00.0,Thu Oct 24, 7:46 PM,1 min,15°,15° above S,10° above SSE|2019-10-29 11:10:00.0,Tue Oct 29, 10:10 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above S,10° above S|2019-10-31 11:09:00.0,Thu Oct 31, 10:09 PM,< 1 min,15°,13° above SSW,15° above SSW|

The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction. It will also be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane (airplanes generally fly at about 600 miles per hour; the space station flies at 17,500 miles per hour).

Below is a time-lapse photo of the space station moving across the sky.

The International Space Station is seen in this 30 second exposure as it flies over Elkton, VA early in the morning, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls The International Space Station is seen in this 30 second exposure as it flies over Elkton, VA early in the morning, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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How do I Spot The Station?

What does all this sighting information mean?

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.

Astronomical Horizon