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Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Feb 14, 2020 through Tuesday Mar 3, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Feb 18, 8:36 PM 3 min 75° 74° above NE 10° above SE  
Tue Feb 18, 10:13 PM 2 min 17° 17° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Wed Feb 19, 9:25 PM 3 min 24° 24° above SSW 11° above SSE  
Thu Feb 20, 8:37 PM 3 min 36° 35° above SW 10° above SE  
Thu Feb 20, 10:15 PM 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above S  
Fri Feb 21, 9:27 PM 2 min 13° 13° above SSW 10° above S  
Sat Feb 22, 8:39 PM 2 min 17° 17° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Mon Feb 24, 8:40 PM 2 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above S  
Wed Feb 26, 10:20 PM 1 min 11° 10° above S 11° above SSE  
Fri Feb 28, 10:21 PM 1 min 15° 10° above SSW 15° above S  
Sat Feb 29, 9:34 PM 2 min 15° 10° above SSW 14° above SSE  
Sun Mar 1, 8:47 PM 3 min 11° 10° above S 10° above SE  
Sun Mar 1, 10:23 PM < 1 min 21° 15° above SW 21° above SSW  
Mon Mar 2, 9:35 PM 3 min 28° 12° above SSW 28° above SSE  
Tue Mar 3, 8:47 PM 4 min 20° 10° above SSW 13° above ESE  
Tue Mar 3, 10:24 PM < 1 min 21° 18° above WSW 21° above WSW  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Friday Feb 14, 2020 through Tuesday Mar 3, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Feb 15, 9:42 PM 6 min 66° 10° above NW 16° above ESE  
Sat Feb 15, 11:21 PM 2 min 18° 10° above WSW 18° above SW  
Sun Feb 16, 4:22 AM 2 min 28° 28° above E 10° above ENE  
Sun Feb 16, 5:56 AM 4 min 19° 13° above W 11° above N  
Sun Feb 16, 9:10 PM 7 min 51° 10° above NNW 10° above ESE  
Sun Feb 16, 10:48 PM 4 min 23° 10° above W 18° above S  
Mon Feb 17, 5:28 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above N 10° above N  
Mon Feb 17, 8:37 PM 6 min 40° 12° above NNW 11° above ESE  
Mon Feb 17, 10:15 PM 6 min 27° 10° above W 11° above SSE  
Tue Feb 18, 9:44 PM 4 min 31° 28° above WSW 10° above SSE  
Tue Feb 18, 11:23 PM 1 min 11° 11° above SSW 11° above S  
Wed Feb 19, 9:11 PM 4 min 37° 35° above SW 10° above SE  
Wed Feb 19, 10:50 PM 2 min 12° 11° above SSW 10° above S  
Thu Feb 20, 8:38 PM 4 min 44° 40° above WSW 11° above SE  
Thu Feb 20, 10:17 PM 2 min 13° 12° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Fri Feb 21, 9:44 PM 2 min 14° 14° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Sat Feb 22, 9:12 PM 2 min 15° 15° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Sun Feb 23, 8:40 PM 3 min 17° 17° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Mon Feb 24, 11:24 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above SSW  
Tue Feb 25, 9:14 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above S 10° above S  
Tue Feb 25, 10:52 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above SSW 12° above S  
Wed Feb 26, 8:41 PM 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above S  
Wed Feb 26, 10:20 PM 2 min 12° 10° above SSW 12° above SSE  
Thu Feb 27, 9:48 PM 3 min 11° 10° above S 10° above SE  
Thu Feb 27, 11:24 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW  
Fri Feb 28, 9:16 PM 2 min 11° 10° above S 10° above SSE  
Fri Feb 28, 10:53 PM < 1 min 15° 11° above SSW 15° above SSW  
Sat Feb 29, 8:44 PM 2 min 10° 10° above S 10° above SSE  
Sat Feb 29, 10:20 PM 2 min 20° 11° above SSW 20° above S  
2020-02-18 09:36:00.0,Tue Feb 18, 8:36 PM,3 min,75°,74° above NE,10° above SE|2020-02-18 11:13:00.0,Tue Feb 18, 10:13 PM,2 min,17°,17° above SSW,10° above SSE|2020-02-19 10:25:00.0,Wed Feb 19, 9:25 PM,3 min,24°,24° above SSW,11° above SSE|2020-02-20 09:37:00.0,Thu Feb 20, 8:37 PM,3 min,36°,35° above SW,10° above SE|2020-02-20 11:15:00.0,Thu Feb 20, 10:15 PM,1 min,10°,10° above SSW,10° above S|2020-02-21 10:27:00.0,Fri Feb 21, 9:27 PM,2 min,13°,13° above SSW,10° above S|2020-02-22 09:39:00.0,Sat Feb 22, 8:39 PM,2 min,17°,17° above SSW,10° above SSE|2020-02-24 09:40:00.0,Mon Feb 24, 8:40 PM,2 min,10°,10° above SSW,10° above S|2020-02-26 11:20:00.0,Wed Feb 26, 10:20 PM,1 min,11°,10° above S,11° above SSE|2020-02-28 11:21:00.0,Fri Feb 28, 10:21 PM,1 min,15°,10° above SSW,15° above S|2020-02-29 10:34:00.0,Sat Feb 29, 9:34 PM,2 min,15°,10° above SSW,14° above SSE|2020-03-01 09:47:00.0,Sun Mar 1, 8:47 PM,3 min,11°,10° above S,10° above SE|2020-03-01 11:23:00.0,Sun Mar 1, 10:23 PM,< 1 min,21°,15° above SW,21° above SSW|2020-03-02 10:35:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 9:35 PM,3 min,28°,12° above SSW,28° above SSE|2020-03-03 09:47:00.0,Tue Mar 3, 8:47 PM,4 min,20°,10° above SSW,13° above ESE|2020-03-03 11:24:00.0,Tue Mar 3, 10:24 PM,< 1 min,21°,18° above WSW,21° above WSW|

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.