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Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Aug 14, 2019 through Sunday Sep 1, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Aug 19, 7:57 PM < 1 min 13° 10° above NW 13° above NW  
Tue Aug 20, 7:08 PM 3 min 36° 10° above NNW 36° above NE  
Wed Aug 21, 6:20 PM 5 min 19° 10° above N 11° above E  
Wed Aug 21, 7:57 PM 1 min 28° 17° above W 28° above W  
Thu Aug 22, 7:09 PM 3 min 70° 22° above WNW 33° above SE  
Fri Aug 23, 6:19 PM 6 min 62° 10° above NW 11° above ESE  
Fri Aug 23, 7:57 PM 1 min 18° 14° above WSW 18° above SW  
Sat Aug 24, 7:09 PM 3 min 27° 22° above WSW 16° above SSE  
Sun Aug 25, 6:20 PM 4 min 43° 34° above WSW 11° above SE  
Sun Aug 25, 7:57 PM 1 min 11° 10° above SW 11° above SSW  
Mon Aug 26, 7:08 PM 3 min 14° 11° above SW 11° above SSE  
Tue Aug 27, 6:19 PM 4 min 20° 17° above SW 10° above SSE  
Thu Aug 29, 6:19 PM 3 min 12° 10° above SW 10° above S  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Wednesday Aug 14, 2019 through Sunday Sep 1, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Aug 14, 4:55 AM 1 min 35° 35° above E 19° above ENE  
Wed Aug 14, 6:29 AM 5 min 20° 10° above W 10° above N  
Thu Aug 15, 4:27 AM < 1 min 16° 16° above E 12° above ENE  
Thu Aug 15, 6:01 AM 4 min 23° 19° above WNW 10° above N  
Fri Aug 16, 5:34 AM 2 min 24° 24° above NNW 10° above N  
Sat Aug 17, 5:06 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above N 10° above NNE  
Mon Aug 19, 7:19 PM 1 min 18° 11° above N 18° above NNE  
Tue Aug 20, 6:49 PM 3 min 21° 10° above N 20° above ENE  
Tue Aug 20, 8:27 PM < 1 min 14° 11° above WNW 14° above WNW  
Wed Aug 21, 6:20 PM 5 min 18° 11° above N 11° above E  
Wed Aug 21, 7:57 PM 2 min 38° 12° above WNW 38° above W  
Thu Aug 22, 7:28 PM 3 min 57° 20° above WNW 48° above S  
Fri Aug 23, 6:59 PM 4 min 66° 29° above WNW 21° above SE  
Fri Aug 23, 8:37 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above WSW 10° above WSW  
Sat Aug 24, 6:30 PM 5 min 76° 37° above WNW 10° above SE  
Sat Aug 24, 8:08 PM 1 min 16° 12° above WSW 16° above SW  
Sun Aug 25, 7:39 PM 3 min 18° 13° above SW 16° above S  
Mon Aug 26, 7:09 PM 4 min 19° 15° above SW 11° above SSE  
Tue Aug 27, 6:39 PM 4 min 20° 16° above WSW 10° above SSE  
Wed Aug 28, 6:14 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSE 10° above SSE  
Wed Aug 28, 7:50 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above S  
2019-08-19 09:57:00.0,Mon Aug 19, 7:57 PM,< 1 min,13°,10° above NW,13° above NW|2019-08-20 09:08:00.0,Tue Aug 20, 7:08 PM,3 min,36°,10° above NNW,36° above NE|2019-08-21 08:20:00.0,Wed Aug 21, 6:20 PM,5 min,19°,10° above N,11° above E|2019-08-21 09:57:00.0,Wed Aug 21, 7:57 PM,1 min,28°,17° above W,28° above W|2019-08-22 09:09:00.0,Thu Aug 22, 7:09 PM,3 min,70°,22° above WNW,33° above SE|2019-08-23 08:19:00.0,Fri Aug 23, 6:19 PM,6 min,62°,10° above NW,11° above ESE|2019-08-23 09:57:00.0,Fri Aug 23, 7:57 PM,1 min,18°,14° above WSW,18° above SW|2019-08-24 09:09:00.0,Sat Aug 24, 7:09 PM,3 min,27°,22° above WSW,16° above SSE|2019-08-25 08:20:00.0,Sun Aug 25, 6:20 PM,4 min,43°,34° above WSW,11° above SE|2019-08-25 09:57:00.0,Sun Aug 25, 7:57 PM,1 min,11°,10° above SW,11° above SSW|2019-08-26 09:08:00.0,Mon Aug 26, 7:08 PM,3 min,14°,11° above SW,11° above SSE|2019-08-27 08:19:00.0,Tue Aug 27, 6:19 PM,4 min,20°,17° above SW,10° above SSE|2019-08-29 08:19:00.0,Thu Aug 29, 6:19 PM,3 min,12°,10° above SW,10° above S|

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