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The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Jan 15, 2021 through Saturday Jan 30, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Jan 20, 6:43 PM 1 min 18° 11° above SSW 18° above S  
Thu Jan 21, 5:56 PM 3 min 15° 11° above S 14° above SE  
Thu Jan 21, 7:31 PM 1 min 18° 10° above WSW 18° above SW  
Fri Jan 22, 5:10 PM 1 min 10° 10° above SSE 10° above SE  
Fri Jan 22, 6:44 PM 3 min 38° 10° above SW 38° above SSE  
Sat Jan 23, 5:57 PM 4 min 29° 11° above SSW 19° above ESE  
Sat Jan 23, 7:33 PM < 1 min 22° 15° above WSW 22° above WSW  
Sun Jan 24, 5:10 PM 5 min 21° 11° above SSW 10° above E  
Sun Jan 24, 6:47 PM 2 min 61° 22° above WSW 61° above SSE  
Mon Jan 25, 6:00 PM 3 min 49° 25° above SW 23° above E  
Mon Jan 25, 7:36 PM < 1 min 22° 18° above W 22° above W  
Tue Jan 26, 5:13 PM 5 min 38° 24° above SSW 10° above E  
Tue Jan 26, 6:49 PM 2 min 77° 27° above WSW 77° above S  
Wed Jan 27, 6:02 PM 3 min 71° 33° above WSW 22° above E  
Wed Jan 27, 7:38 PM < 1 min 26° 22° above W 26° above W  
Thu Jan 28, 5:15 PM 4 min 61° 40° above SW 12° above E  
Thu Jan 28, 6:51 PM 2 min 75° 27° above W 66° above SE  
Fri Jan 29, 6:04 PM 3 min 78° 33° above W 22° above E  
Fri Jan 29, 7:40 PM < 1 min 24° 21° above W 24° above W  
2021-01-20 17:43:00.0,Wed Jan 20, 6:43 PM,1 min,18°,11° above SSW,18° above S|2021-01-21 16:56:00.0,Thu Jan 21, 5:56 PM,3 min,15°,11° above S,14° above SE|2021-01-21 18:31:00.0,Thu Jan 21, 7:31 PM,1 min,18°,10° above WSW,18° above SW|2021-01-22 16:10:00.0,Fri Jan 22, 5:10 PM,1 min,10°,10° above SSE,10° above SE|2021-01-22 17:44:00.0,Fri Jan 22, 6:44 PM,3 min,38°,10° above SW,38° above SSE|2021-01-23 16:57:00.0,Sat Jan 23, 5:57 PM,4 min,29°,11° above SSW,19° above ESE|2021-01-23 18:33:00.0,Sat Jan 23, 7:33 PM,< 1 min,22°,15° above WSW,22° above WSW|2021-01-24 16:10:00.0,Sun Jan 24, 5:10 PM,5 min,21°,11° above SSW,10° above E|2021-01-24 17:47:00.0,Sun Jan 24, 6:47 PM,2 min,61°,22° above WSW,61° above SSE|2021-01-25 17:00:00.0,Mon Jan 25, 6:00 PM,3 min,49°,25° above SW,23° above E|2021-01-25 18:36:00.0,Mon Jan 25, 7:36 PM,< 1 min,22°,18° above W,22° above W|2021-01-26 16:13:00.0,Tue Jan 26, 5:13 PM,5 min,38°,24° above SSW,10° above E|2021-01-26 17:49:00.0,Tue Jan 26, 6:49 PM,2 min,77°,27° above WSW,77° above S|2021-01-27 17:02:00.0,Wed Jan 27, 6:02 PM,3 min,71°,33° above WSW,22° above E|2021-01-27 18:38:00.0,Wed Jan 27, 7:38 PM,< 1 min,26°,22° above W,26° above W|2021-01-28 16:15:00.0,Thu Jan 28, 5:15 PM,4 min,61°,40° above SW,12° above E|2021-01-28 17:51:00.0,Thu Jan 28, 6:51 PM,2 min,75°,27° above W,66° above SE|2021-01-29 17:04:00.0,Fri Jan 29, 6:04 PM,3 min,78°,33° above W,22° above E|2021-01-29 18:40:00.0,Fri Jan 29, 7:40 PM,< 1 min,24°,21° above W,24° above W|

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.