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The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Sep 19, 2018 through Thursday Oct 4, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Sep 20, 8:44 PM < 1 min 13° 11° above S 13° above S  
Fri Sep 21, 7:53 PM 2 min 11° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Fri Sep 21, 9:27 PM 1 min 19° 10° above SW 19° above SW  
Sat Sep 22, 8:36 PM 4 min 46° 10° above SW 41° above ESE  
Sun Sep 23, 7:44 PM 5 min 25° 10° above SSW 11° above E  
Sun Sep 23, 9:20 PM 3 min 42° 10° above WSW 42° above WNW  
Mon Sep 24, 8:28 PM 5 min 76° 10° above WSW 25° above NE  
Tue Sep 25, 7:36 PM 6 min 60° 10° above SW 10° above ENE  
Tue Sep 25, 9:15 PM 1 min 28° 21° above WNW 28° above NNW  
Wed Sep 26, 8:23 PM 3 min 39° 33° above WNW 17° above NE  
Thu Sep 27, 7:31 PM 4 min 62° 41° above W 11° above NE  
Thu Sep 27, 9:08 PM 2 min 22° 16° above NW 21° above N  
Fri Sep 28, 8:16 PM 3 min 26° 22° above NW 12° above NE  
Fri Sep 28, 9:52 PM < 1 min 12° 12° above NW 12° above NW  
Sat Sep 29, 7:24 PM 4 min 34° 30° above NW 10° above NE  
Sat Sep 29, 9:01 PM 2 min 19° 13° above NW 19° above N  
Sun Sep 30, 8:09 PM 4 min 21° 16° above NW 12° above NE  
Sun Sep 30, 9:45 PM < 1 min 13° 11° above NW 13° above NW  
Mon Oct 1, 7:21 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above NE 10° above NE  
Mon Oct 1, 8:53 PM 2 min 21° 12° above NW 21° above N  
Tue Oct 2, 8:01 PM 4 min 19° 12° above NW 13° above NE  
Tue Oct 2, 9:38 PM < 1 min 14° 12° above NW 14° above NW  
Wed Oct 3, 8:46 PM 2 min 24° 11° above NW 24° above N  
2018-09-21 00:44:00.0,Thu Sep 20, 8:44 PM,< 1 min,13°,11° above S,13° above S|2018-09-21 23:53:00.0,Fri Sep 21, 7:53 PM,2 min,11°,10° above SSE,10° above ESE|2018-09-22 01:27:00.0,Fri Sep 21, 9:27 PM,1 min,19°,10° above SW,19° above SW|2018-09-23 00:36:00.0,Sat Sep 22, 8:36 PM,4 min,46°,10° above SW,41° above ESE|2018-09-23 23:44:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 7:44 PM,5 min,25°,10° above SSW,11° above E|2018-09-24 01:20:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 9:20 PM,3 min,42°,10° above WSW,42° above WNW|2018-09-25 00:28:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 8:28 PM,5 min,76°,10° above WSW,25° above NE|2018-09-25 23:36:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 7:36 PM,6 min,60°,10° above SW,10° above ENE|2018-09-26 01:15:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 9:15 PM,1 min,28°,21° above WNW,28° above NNW|2018-09-27 00:23:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 8:23 PM,3 min,39°,33° above WNW,17° above NE|2018-09-27 23:31:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 7:31 PM,4 min,62°,41° above W,11° above NE|2018-09-28 01:08:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 9:08 PM,2 min,22°,16° above NW,21° above N|2018-09-29 00:16:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 8:16 PM,3 min,26°,22° above NW,12° above NE|2018-09-29 01:52:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 9:52 PM,< 1 min,12°,12° above NW,12° above NW|2018-09-29 23:24:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 7:24 PM,4 min,34°,30° above NW,10° above NE|2018-09-30 01:01:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 9:01 PM,2 min,19°,13° above NW,19° above N|2018-10-01 00:09:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 8:09 PM,4 min,21°,16° above NW,12° above NE|2018-10-01 01:45:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 9:45 PM,< 1 min,13°,11° above NW,13° above NW|2018-10-01 23:21:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 7:21 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NE,10° above NE|2018-10-02 00:53:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 8:53 PM,2 min,21°,12° above NW,21° above N|2018-10-03 00:01:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 8:01 PM,4 min,19°,12° above NW,13° above NE|2018-10-03 01:38:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 9:38 PM,< 1 min,14°,12° above NW,14° above NW|2018-10-04 00:46:00.0,Wed Oct 3, 8:46 PM,2 min,24°,11° above NW,24° above N|

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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