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Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Feb 21, 6:13 AM 2 min 18° 10° above S 18° above SE  
Sat Feb 22, 5:27 AM 2 min 11° 10° above SSE 11° above SE  
Sun Feb 23, 6:14 AM 4 min 39° 10° above SW 36° above ESE  
Mon Feb 24, 5:27 AM 3 min 26° 14° above SSW 23° above ESE  
Tue Feb 25, 4:42 AM 2 min 18° 18° above SE 13° above ESE  
Tue Feb 25, 6:15 AM 5 min 82° 10° above WSW 33° above ENE  
Wed Feb 26, 5:30 AM 3 min 58° 32° above SW 30° above E  
Thu Feb 27, 4:44 AM 1 min 36° 36° above ESE 23° above E  
Thu Feb 27, 6:17 AM 5 min 59° 10° above W 26° above ENE  
Fri Feb 28, 3:58 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above E 12° above E  
Fri Feb 28, 5:31 AM 3 min 74° 33° above W 27° above ENE  
Sat Feb 29, 4:45 AM 1 min 53° 53° above ENE 27° above ENE  
Sat Feb 29, 6:18 AM 5 min 46° 10° above W 23° above ENE  
Sun Mar 1, 3:59 AM < 1 min 17° 17° above ENE 17° above ENE  
Sun Mar 1, 5:33 AM 3 min 51° 30° above WNW 24° above ENE  
Mon Mar 2, 4:47 AM 2 min 55° 55° above NNE 21° above ENE  
Mon Mar 2, 6:20 AM 4 min 48° 10° above WNW 34° above ENE  
Tue Mar 3, 4:01 AM < 1 min 18° 18° above ENE 18° above ENE  

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

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Feb 21, 6:33 AM 3 min 23° 11° above SSW 23° above SE  
Sat Feb 22, 6:01 AM 3 min 20° 10° above S 20° above SE  
Sun Feb 23, 5:29 AM 3 min 17° 11° above S 16° above ESE  
Mon Feb 24, 4:57 AM 3 min 15° 10° above S 12° above ESE  
Mon Feb 24, 6:33 AM 5 min 68° 10° above SW 40° above E  
Tue Feb 25, 4:27 AM 2 min 12° 12° above SE 10° above ESE  
Tue Feb 25, 6:01 AM 5 min 59° 10° above SW 37° above E  
Wed Feb 26, 5:30 AM 3 min 52° 25° above SW 34° above E  
Thu Feb 27, 5:00 AM 2 min 45° 42° above S 26° above E  
Thu Feb 27, 6:34 AM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Fri Feb 28, 4:29 AM 1 min 31° 31° above ESE 20° above E  
Fri Feb 28, 6:03 AM 5 min 63° 14° above W 27° above ENE  
Sat Feb 29, 3:58 AM < 1 min 18° 18° above E 13° above E  
Sat Feb 29, 5:32 AM 3 min 68° 30° above W 28° above ENE  
2020-02-21 14:13:00.0,Fri Feb 21, 6:13 AM,2 min,18°,10° above S,18° above SE|2020-02-22 13:27:00.0,Sat Feb 22, 5:27 AM,2 min,11°,10° above SSE,11° above SE|2020-02-23 14:14:00.0,Sun Feb 23, 6:14 AM,4 min,39°,10° above SW,36° above ESE|2020-02-24 13:27:00.0,Mon Feb 24, 5:27 AM,3 min,26°,14° above SSW,23° above ESE|2020-02-25 12:42:00.0,Tue Feb 25, 4:42 AM,2 min,18°,18° above SE,13° above ESE|2020-02-25 14:15:00.0,Tue Feb 25, 6:15 AM,5 min,82°,10° above WSW,33° above ENE|2020-02-26 13:30:00.0,Wed Feb 26, 5:30 AM,3 min,58°,32° above SW,30° above E|2020-02-27 12:44:00.0,Thu Feb 27, 4:44 AM,1 min,36°,36° above ESE,23° above E|2020-02-27 14:17:00.0,Thu Feb 27, 6:17 AM,5 min,59°,10° above W,26° above ENE|2020-02-28 11:58:00.0,Fri Feb 28, 3:58 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above E,12° above E|2020-02-28 13:31:00.0,Fri Feb 28, 5:31 AM,3 min,74°,33° above W,27° above ENE|2020-02-29 12:45:00.0,Sat Feb 29, 4:45 AM,1 min,53°,53° above ENE,27° above ENE|2020-02-29 14:18:00.0,Sat Feb 29, 6:18 AM,5 min,46°,10° above W,23° above ENE|2020-03-01 11:59:00.0,Sun Mar 1, 3:59 AM,< 1 min,17°,17° above ENE,17° above ENE|2020-03-01 13:33:00.0,Sun Mar 1, 5:33 AM,3 min,51°,30° above WNW,24° above ENE|2020-03-02 12:47:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 4:47 AM,2 min,55°,55° above NNE,21° above ENE|2020-03-02 14:20:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 6:20 AM,4 min,48°,10° above WNW,34° above ENE|2020-03-03 12:01:00.0,Tue Mar 3, 4:01 AM,< 1 min,18°,18° above ENE,18° above ENE|

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.