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Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 21, 2020 through Tuesday Oct 6, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Sep 23, 4:46 AM 4 min 46° 13° above NNW 36° above E  
Thu Sep 24, 4:01 AM 2 min 24° 23° above NNE 18° above E  
Fri Sep 25, 3:16 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above E 10° above E  
Fri Sep 25, 4:49 AM 5 min 48° 21° above WNW 11° above SE  
Sat Sep 26, 4:04 AM 2 min 69° 69° above SE 18° above SE  
Sun Sep 27, 4:52 AM 4 min 19° 15° above WSW 10° above SSE  
Mon Sep 28, 4:06 AM 2 min 27° 27° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Tue Sep 29, 3:21 AM < 1 min 17° 17° above SSE 11° above SE  
Tue Sep 29, 4:56 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above SSW  
Wed Sep 30, 4:08 AM 1 min 13° 13° above SSW 10° above S  
Thu Oct 1, 3:23 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above SSE 10° above SSE  
2020-09-22 18:46:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 4:46 AM,4 min,46°,13° above NNW,36° above E|2020-09-23 18:01:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 4:01 AM,2 min,24°,23° above NNE,18° above E|2020-09-24 17:16:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 3:16 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above E,10° above E|2020-09-24 18:49:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 4:49 AM,5 min,48°,21° above WNW,11° above SE|2020-09-25 18:04:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 4:04 AM,2 min,69°,69° above SE,18° above SE|2020-09-26 18:52:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 4:52 AM,4 min,19°,15° above WSW,10° above SSE|2020-09-27 18:06:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 4:06 AM,2 min,27°,27° above SSW,10° above SSE|2020-09-28 17:21:00.0,Tue Sep 29, 3:21 AM,< 1 min,17°,17° above SSE,11° above SE|2020-09-28 18:56:00.0,Tue Sep 29, 4:56 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSW,10° above SSW|2020-09-29 18:08:00.0,Wed Sep 30, 4:08 AM,1 min,13°,13° above SSW,10° above S|2020-09-30 17:23:00.0,Thu Oct 1, 3:23 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above SSE,10° above SSE|

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 chart. Click the link for a detailed description of the astronomical horizon and sighting alert messages.