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Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Sep 19, 2018 through Thursday Oct 4, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Sep 23, 5:05 AM 1 min 14° 11° above NNE 14° above NE  
Tue Sep 25, 4:56 AM 4 min 47° 10° above NNW 41° above E  
Wed Sep 26, 4:06 AM 3 min 20° 13° above NNE 18° above ENE  
Thu Sep 27, 4:49 AM 6 min 45° 12° above WNW 12° above SSE  
Fri Sep 28, 4:00 AM 2 min 70° 70° above NE 18° above SE  
Sat Sep 29, 4:44 AM 3 min 16° 14° above WSW 10° above S  
Sun Sep 30, 3:54 AM 2 min 23° 23° above S 10° above SSE  
Tue Oct 2, 3:48 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above S 10° above S  
2018-09-22 19:05:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 5:05 AM,1 min,14°,11° above NNE,14° above NE|2018-09-24 18:56:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 4:56 AM,4 min,47°,10° above NNW,41° above E|2018-09-25 18:06:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 4:06 AM,3 min,20°,13° above NNE,18° above ENE|2018-09-26 18:49:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 4:49 AM,6 min,45°,12° above WNW,12° above SSE|2018-09-27 18:00:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 4:00 AM,2 min,70°,70° above NE,18° above SE|2018-09-28 18:44:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 4:44 AM,3 min,16°,14° above WSW,10° above S|2018-09-29 17:54:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 3:54 AM,2 min,23°,23° above S,10° above SSE|2018-10-01 17:48:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 3:48 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above S,10° above S|

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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