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Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Sep 29, 2023 through Saturday Oct 14, 2023

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Oct 5, 4:49 AM 4 min 15° 10° above SSW 10° above ESE  
Fri Oct 6, 4:01 AM 3 min 12° 10° above S 10° above SE  
Sat Oct 7, 4:49 AM 6 min 27° 10° above SSW 10° above E  
Sun Oct 8, 5:01 AM 5 min 19° 10° above SSW 10° above ESE  
Mon Oct 9, 4:14 AM 2 min 14° 14° above SSE 10° above SE  
Mon Oct 9, 5:48 AM 7 min 70° 10° above SW 10° above ENE  
Tue Oct 10, 5:01 AM 6 min 40° 17° above SSW 10° above ENE  
Wed Oct 11, 4:16 AM 2 min 24° 24° above SE 10° above E  
Wed Oct 11, 5:48 AM 6 min 36° 10° above WSW 10° above NNE  
Thu Oct 12, 5:03 AM 3 min 69° 69° above NNW 10° above NE  
Thu Oct 12, 9:41 PM 1 min 16° 10° above NW 16° above NW  
Fri Oct 13, 5:51 AM 1 min 12° 12° above NW 10° above NNW  
Fri Oct 13, 8:52 PM 5 min 56° 10° above NW 33° above ESE  
Sat Oct 14, 8:04 PM 6 min 29° 10° above NNW 10° above ESE  
Sat Oct 14, 9:41 PM 4 min 29° 10° above W 25° above S  
{ts '2023-10-04 18:49:00'},Thu Oct 5, 4:49 AM,4 min,15°,10° above SSW,10° above ESE|{ts '2023-10-05 18:01:00'},Fri Oct 6, 4:01 AM,3 min,12°,10° above S,10° above SE|{ts '2023-10-06 18:49:00'},Sat Oct 7, 4:49 AM,6 min,27°,10° above SSW,10° above E|{ts '2023-10-07 18:01:00'},Sun Oct 8, 5:01 AM,5 min,19°,10° above SSW,10° above ESE|{ts '2023-10-08 17:14:00'},Mon Oct 9, 4:14 AM,2 min,14°,14° above SSE,10° above SE|{ts '2023-10-08 18:48:00'},Mon Oct 9, 5:48 AM,7 min,70°,10° above SW,10° above ENE|{ts '2023-10-09 18:01:00'},Tue Oct 10, 5:01 AM,6 min,40°,17° above SSW,10° above ENE|{ts '2023-10-10 17:16:00'},Wed Oct 11, 4:16 AM,2 min,24°,24° above SE,10° above E|{ts '2023-10-10 18:48:00'},Wed Oct 11, 5:48 AM,6 min,36°,10° above WSW,10° above NNE|{ts '2023-10-11 18:03:00'},Thu Oct 12, 5:03 AM,3 min,69°,69° above NNW,10° above NE|{ts '2023-10-12 10:41:00'},Thu Oct 12, 9:41 PM,1 min,16°,10° above NW,16° above NW|{ts '2023-10-12 18:51:00'},Fri Oct 13, 5:51 AM,1 min,12°,12° above NW,10° above NNW|{ts '2023-10-13 09:52:00'},Fri Oct 13, 8:52 PM,5 min,56°,10° above NW,33° above ESE|{ts '2023-10-14 09:04:00'},Sat Oct 14, 8:04 PM,6 min,29°,10° above NNW,10° above ESE|{ts '2023-10-14 10:41:00'},Sat Oct 14, 9:41 PM,4 min,29°,10° above W,25° 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 chart. Click the link for a detailed description of the astronomical horizon and sighting alert messages.