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The following ISS sightings are possible from Sunday May 31, 2020 through Tuesday Jun 16, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Jun 7, 7:58 PM < 1 min 15° 10° above NNW 15° above NNW  
Mon Jun 8, 7:11 PM 2 min 26° 11° above N 26° above NE  
Tue Jun 9, 6:25 PM 3 min 12° 10° above NNE 10° above ENE  
Tue Jun 9, 8:00 PM < 1 min 16° 12° above WNW 16° above W  
Wed Jun 10, 7:13 PM 2 min 51° 28° above WNW 36° above S  
Thu Jun 11, 6:24 PM 6 min 60° 15° above NNW 11° above SE  
Fri Jun 12, 7:15 PM 1 min 10° 10° above WSW 10° above SW  
Sat Jun 13, 6:27 PM 3 min 22° 20° above WSW 11° above S  
2020-06-08 01:58:00.0,Sun Jun 7, 7:58 PM,< 1 min,15°,10° above NNW,15° above NNW|2020-06-09 01:11:00.0,Mon Jun 8, 7:11 PM,2 min,26°,11° above N,26° above NE|2020-06-10 00:25:00.0,Tue Jun 9, 6:25 PM,3 min,12°,10° above NNE,10° above ENE|2020-06-10 02:00:00.0,Tue Jun 9, 8:00 PM,< 1 min,16°,12° above WNW,16° above W|2020-06-11 01:13:00.0,Wed Jun 10, 7:13 PM,2 min,51°,28° above WNW,36° above S|2020-06-12 00:24:00.0,Thu Jun 11, 6:24 PM,6 min,60°,15° above NNW,11° above SE|2020-06-13 01:15:00.0,Fri Jun 12, 7:15 PM,1 min,10°,10° above WSW,10° above SW|2020-06-14 00:27:00.0,Sat Jun 13, 6:27 PM,3 min,22°,20° above WSW,11° 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.