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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
Sat Sep 22, 8:28 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above SE  
Sun Sep 23, 9:10 PM 2 min 24° 11° above SSW 24° above S  
Mon Sep 24, 8:19 PM 4 min 19° 10° above S 14° above ESE  
Mon Sep 24, 9:54 PM 1 min 22° 10° above WSW 22° above WSW  
Tue Sep 25, 9:02 PM 3 min 46° 10° above SW 46° above SE  
Wed Sep 26, 8:11 PM 5 min 32° 10° above SW 14° above E  
Wed Sep 26, 9:47 PM 2 min 35° 10° above WSW 35° above WSW  
Thu Sep 27, 8:55 PM 4 min 70° 10° above WSW 47° above E  
Thu Sep 27, 10:31 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Fri Sep 28, 8:03 PM 6 min 53° 12° above SW 13° above E  
Fri Sep 28, 9:40 PM 2 min 44° 15° above W 44° above W  
Sat Sep 29, 8:49 PM 3 min 88° 22° above W 40° above E  
Sat Sep 29, 10:24 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Sun Sep 30, 7:58 PM 4 min 77° 34° above WSW 14° above E  
Sun Sep 30, 9:33 PM 1 min 44° 18° above W 44° above W  
Mon Oct 1, 8:42 PM 2 min 85° 34° above W 40° above E  
Mon Oct 1, 10:17 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Tue Oct 2, 7:51 PM 4 min 87° 44° above W 11° above E  
Tue Oct 2, 9:26 PM 1 min 42° 22° above W 42° above W  
Wed Oct 3, 8:35 PM 2 min 85° 34° above W 40° above ESE  
Wed Oct 3, 10:10 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above W 11° above W  
2018-09-22 18:28:00.0,Sat Sep 22, 8:28 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SE,10° above SE|2018-09-23 19:10:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 9:10 PM,2 min,24°,11° above SSW,24° above S|2018-09-24 18:19:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 8:19 PM,4 min,19°,10° above S,14° above ESE|2018-09-24 19:54:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 9:54 PM,1 min,22°,10° above WSW,22° above WSW|2018-09-25 19:02:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 9:02 PM,3 min,46°,10° above SW,46° above SE|2018-09-26 18:11:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 8:11 PM,5 min,32°,10° above SW,14° above E|2018-09-26 19:47:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 9:47 PM,2 min,35°,10° above WSW,35° above WSW|2018-09-27 18:55:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 8:55 PM,4 min,70°,10° above WSW,47° above E|2018-09-27 20:31:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 10:31 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2018-09-28 18:03:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 8:03 PM,6 min,53°,12° above SW,13° above E|2018-09-28 19:40:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 9:40 PM,2 min,44°,15° above W,44° above W|2018-09-29 18:49:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 8:49 PM,3 min,88°,22° above W,40° above E|2018-09-29 20:24:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 10:24 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2018-09-30 17:58:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 7:58 PM,4 min,77°,34° above WSW,14° above E|2018-09-30 19:33:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 9:33 PM,1 min,44°,18° above W,44° above W|2018-10-01 18:42:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 8:42 PM,2 min,85°,34° above W,40° above E|2018-10-01 20:17:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 10:17 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2018-10-02 17:51:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 7:51 PM,4 min,87°,44° above W,11° above E|2018-10-02 19:26:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 9:26 PM,1 min,42°,22° above W,42° above W|2018-10-03 18:35:00.0,Wed Oct 3, 8:35 PM,2 min,85°,34° above W,40° above ESE|2018-10-03 20:10:00.0,Wed Oct 3, 10:10 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above W,11° above W|

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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