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Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Dec 11, 2019 through Friday Dec 27, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Dec 12, 1:07 AM 1 min 18° 18° above S 10° above SSE  
Fri Dec 13, 00:20 AM < 1 min 15° 15° above SSE 10° above SE  
Fri Dec 13, 1:54 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above SSW  
Fri Dec 13, 5:08 AM 2 min 20° 10° above SSW 20° above SSE  
Fri Dec 13, 11:32 PM < 1 min 15° 15° above SE 10° above SE  
Sat Dec 14, 1:05 AM 1 min 13° 11° above SW 13° above SSW  
Sat Dec 14, 4:20 AM 1 min 14° 10° above SSW 14° above S  
Sat Dec 14, 10:37 PM 6 min 74° 10° above NW 10° above SE  
Sun Dec 15, 00:15 AM 4 min 17° 11° above WSW 10° above SSE  
Sun Dec 15, 3:32 AM < 1 min 11° 10° above S 11° above S  
Sun Dec 15, 5:08 AM 6 min 46° 10° above SW 11° above ENE  
Sun Dec 15, 9:49 PM 6 min 38° 10° above NNW 10° above ESE  
Sun Dec 15, 11:26 PM 5 min 24° 11° above W 11° above SSE  
Mon Dec 16, 4:19 AM 6 min 28° 10° above SSW 10° above E  
Mon Dec 16, 9:01 PM 5 min 21° 12° above N 11° above E  
Mon Dec 16, 10:37 PM 6 min 37° 12° above WNW 10° above SE  
Tue Dec 17, 3:31 AM 5 min 20° 10° above SSW 10° above ESE  
Tue Dec 17, 5:07 AM 6 min 57° 10° above WSW 12° above NE  
Tue Dec 17, 9:48 PM 6 min 65° 10° above WNW 10° above SE  
Tue Dec 17, 11:30 PM < 1 min 12° 12° above S 10° above SSE  
Wed Dec 18, 2:43 AM 4 min 14° 10° above SSW 11° above SE  
Wed Dec 18, 4:19 AM 6 min 76° 10° above SW 10° above NE  
Wed Dec 18, 9:03 PM 4 min 68° 52° above NNW 10° above SE  
Wed Dec 18, 10:41 PM 2 min 17° 17° above S 10° above SSE  
Thu Dec 19, 3:30 AM 6 min 42° 10° above SW 11° above ENE  
Thu Dec 19, 5:08 AM 5 min 18° 10° above W 10° above N  
Thu Dec 19, 9:49 PM 6 min 26° 11° above W 10° above SSE  
Fri Dec 20, 2:42 AM 6 min 27° 11° above SSW 10° above E  
Fri Dec 20, 4:19 AM 6 min 32° 11° above WSW 11° above NNE  
Fri Dec 20, 9:04 PM 2 min 35° 35° above S 11° above SE  
Fri Dec 20, 10:41 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above S 10° above S  
Sat Dec 21, 1:54 AM 3 min 19° 10° above SSW 17° above SE  
Sat Dec 21, 3:30 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW  
Sat Dec 21, 9:52 PM 1 min 13° 13° above S 10° above SSE  
Sun Dec 22, 1:07 AM 1 min 14° 14° above SSE 12° above SE  
Sun Dec 22, 2:42 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW  
Sun Dec 22, 9:05 PM < 1 min 13° 13° above SSE 10° above SSE  
Mon Dec 23, 00:19 AM 1 min 11° 11° above S 10° above SSE  
Mon Dec 23, 1:53 AM < 1 min 14° 10° above SW 14° above SSW  
Tue Dec 24, 1:05 AM 1 min 20° 11° above SSW 20° above S  
Wed Dec 25, 00:18 AM 1 min 18° 16° above S 18° above SSE  
Wed Dec 25, 11:29 PM 2 min 13° 12° above S 11° above SE  
Thu Dec 26, 1:04 AM < 1 min 12° 10° above SW 12° above SW  
Thu Dec 26, 10:41 PM 2 min 11° 10° above S 10° above SSE  
2019-12-11 14:07:00.0,Thu Dec 12, 1:07 AM,1 min,18°,18° above S,10° above SSE|2019-12-12 13:20:00.0,Fri Dec 13, 00:20 AM,< 1 min,15°,15° above SSE,10° above SE|2019-12-12 14:54:00.0,Fri Dec 13, 1:54 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSW,10° above SSW|2019-12-12 18:08:00.0,Fri Dec 13, 5:08 AM,2 min,20°,10° above SSW,20° above SSE|2019-12-13 12:32:00.0,Fri Dec 13, 11:32 PM,< 1 min,15°,15° above SE,10° above SE|2019-12-13 14:05:00.0,Sat Dec 14, 1:05 AM,1 min,13°,11° above SW,13° above SSW|2019-12-13 17:20:00.0,Sat Dec 14, 4:20 AM,1 min,14°,10° above SSW,14° above S|2019-12-14 11:37:00.0,Sat Dec 14, 10:37 PM,6 min,74°,10° above NW,10° above SE|2019-12-14 13:15:00.0,Sun Dec 15, 00:15 AM,4 min,17°,11° above WSW,10° above SSE|2019-12-14 16:32:00.0,Sun Dec 15, 3:32 AM,< 1 min,11°,10° above S,11° above S|2019-12-14 18:08:00.0,Sun Dec 15, 5:08 AM,6 min,46°,10° above SW,11° above ENE|2019-12-15 10:49:00.0,Sun Dec 15, 9:49 PM,6 min,38°,10° above NNW,10° above ESE|2019-12-15 12:26:00.0,Sun Dec 15, 11:26 PM,5 min,24°,11° above W,11° above SSE|2019-12-15 17:19:00.0,Mon Dec 16, 4:19 AM,6 min,28°,10° above SSW,10° above E|2019-12-16 10:01:00.0,Mon Dec 16, 9:01 PM,5 min,21°,12° above N,11° above E|2019-12-16 11:37:00.0,Mon Dec 16, 10:37 PM,6 min,37°,12° above WNW,10° above SE|2019-12-16 16:31:00.0,Tue Dec 17, 3:31 AM,5 min,20°,10° above SSW,10° above ESE|2019-12-16 18:07:00.0,Tue Dec 17, 5:07 AM,6 min,57°,10° above WSW,12° above NE|2019-12-17 10:48:00.0,Tue Dec 17, 9:48 PM,6 min,65°,10° above WNW,10° above SE|2019-12-17 12:30:00.0,Tue Dec 17, 11:30 PM,< 1 min,12°,12° above S,10° above SSE|2019-12-17 15:43:00.0,Wed Dec 18, 2:43 AM,4 min,14°,10° above SSW,11° above SE|2019-12-17 17:19:00.0,Wed Dec 18, 4:19 AM,6 min,76°,10° above SW,10° above NE|2019-12-18 10:03:00.0,Wed Dec 18, 9:03 PM,4 min,68°,52° above NNW,10° above SE|2019-12-18 11:41:00.0,Wed Dec 18, 10:41 PM,2 min,17°,17° above S,10° above SSE|2019-12-18 16:30:00.0,Thu Dec 19, 3:30 AM,6 min,42°,10° above SW,11° above ENE|2019-12-18 18:08:00.0,Thu Dec 19, 5:08 AM,5 min,18°,10° above W,10° above N|2019-12-19 10:49:00.0,Thu Dec 19, 9:49 PM,6 min,26°,11° above W,10° above SSE|2019-12-19 15:42:00.0,Fri Dec 20, 2:42 AM,6 min,27°,11° above SSW,10° above E|2019-12-19 17:19:00.0,Fri Dec 20, 4:19 AM,6 min,32°,11° above WSW,11° above NNE|2019-12-20 10:04:00.0,Fri Dec 20, 9:04 PM,2 min,35°,35° above S,11° above SE|2019-12-20 11:41:00.0,Fri Dec 20, 10:41 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above S,10° above S|2019-12-20 14:54:00.0,Sat Dec 21, 1:54 AM,3 min,19°,10° above SSW,17° above SE|2019-12-20 16:30:00.0,Sat Dec 21, 3:30 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SW,10° above SW|2019-12-21 10:52:00.0,Sat Dec 21, 9:52 PM,1 min,13°,13° above S,10° above SSE|2019-12-21 14:07:00.0,Sun Dec 22, 1:07 AM,1 min,14°,14° above SSE,12° above SE|2019-12-21 15:42:00.0,Sun Dec 22, 2:42 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SW,10° above SW|2019-12-22 10:05:00.0,Sun Dec 22, 9:05 PM,< 1 min,13°,13° above SSE,10° above SSE|2019-12-22 13:19:00.0,Mon Dec 23, 00:19 AM,1 min,11°,11° above S,10° above SSE|2019-12-22 14:53:00.0,Mon Dec 23, 1:53 AM,< 1 min,14°,10° above SW,14° above SSW|2019-12-23 14:05:00.0,Tue Dec 24, 1:05 AM,1 min,20°,11° above SSW,20° above S|2019-12-24 13:18:00.0,Wed Dec 25, 00:18 AM,1 min,18°,16° above S,18° above SSE|2019-12-25 12:29:00.0,Wed Dec 25, 11:29 PM,2 min,13°,12° above S,11° above SE|2019-12-25 14:04:00.0,Thu Dec 26, 1:04 AM,< 1 min,12°,10° above SW,12° above SW|2019-12-26 11:41:00.0,Thu Dec 26, 10:41 PM,2 min,11°,10° above S,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