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

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Feb 22, 6:44 AM 3 min 19° 10° above S 19° above SE  
Sun Feb 23, 5:57 AM 2 min 13° 10° above SSE 12° above SE  
Mon Feb 24, 6:44 AM 4 min 36° 10° above SW 33° above SE  
Tue Feb 25, 5:57 AM 4 min 26° 11° above SSW 22° above ESE  
Wed Feb 26, 5:12 AM 2 min 19° 18° above SSE 15° above ESE  
Wed Feb 26, 6:45 AM 4 min 63° 10° above WSW 48° above ESE  
Thu Feb 27, 4:26 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above ESE 11° above ESE  
Thu Feb 27, 5:59 AM 3 min 49° 18° above SW 33° above ESE  
Fri Feb 28, 5:13 AM 2 min 36° 36° above SSE 22° above E  
Fri Feb 28, 6:47 AM 4 min 87° 10° above W 43° above E  
Sat Feb 29, 4:27 AM 1 min 19° 19° above ESE 12° above E  
Sat Feb 29, 6:01 AM 3 min 77° 22° above WSW 33° above E  
Sun Mar 1, 5:15 AM 2 min 63° 59° above SSW 25° above E  
Sun Mar 1, 6:48 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above W 10° above W  
Mon Mar 2, 4:29 AM < 1 min 23° 23° above E 16° above E  
Mon Mar 2, 6:02 AM 3 min 86° 22° above W 34° above E  
Tue Mar 3, 5:16 AM 2 min 87° 70° above WSW 27° above E  

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

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Feb 23, 6:41 AM 3 min 24° 11° above SSW 24° above SE  
Mon Feb 24, 6:09 AM 3 min 21° 10° above SSW 20° above SE  
Tue Feb 25, 5:37 AM 4 min 19° 10° above S 16° above ESE  
Wed Feb 26, 5:06 AM 3 min 16° 14° above SSE 13° above ESE  
Wed Feb 26, 6:41 AM 4 min 56° 10° above WSW 44° above ESE  
Thu Feb 27, 4:36 AM 2 min 14° 14° above SE 10° above ESE  
Thu Feb 27, 6:10 AM 4 min 51° 14° above SW 34° above ESE  
Fri Feb 28, 4:05 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Fri Feb 28, 5:39 AM 3 min 46° 28° above SSW 27° above E  
Sat Feb 29, 5:08 AM 2 min 41° 39° above S 21° above E  
Sat Feb 29, 6:43 AM 5 min 89° 10° above W 44° above E  
2020-02-22 05:44:00.0,Sat Feb 22, 6:44 AM,3 min,19°,10° above S,19° above SE|2020-02-23 04:57:00.0,Sun Feb 23, 5:57 AM,2 min,13°,10° above SSE,12° above SE|2020-02-24 05:44:00.0,Mon Feb 24, 6:44 AM,4 min,36°,10° above SW,33° above SE|2020-02-25 04:57:00.0,Tue Feb 25, 5:57 AM,4 min,26°,11° above SSW,22° above ESE|2020-02-26 04:12:00.0,Wed Feb 26, 5:12 AM,2 min,19°,18° above SSE,15° above ESE|2020-02-26 05:45:00.0,Wed Feb 26, 6:45 AM,4 min,63°,10° above WSW,48° above ESE|2020-02-27 03:26:00.0,Thu Feb 27, 4:26 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above ESE,11° above ESE|2020-02-27 04:59:00.0,Thu Feb 27, 5:59 AM,3 min,49°,18° above SW,33° above ESE|2020-02-28 04:13:00.0,Fri Feb 28, 5:13 AM,2 min,36°,36° above SSE,22° above E|2020-02-28 05:47:00.0,Fri Feb 28, 6:47 AM,4 min,87°,10° above W,43° above E|2020-02-29 03:27:00.0,Sat Feb 29, 4:27 AM,1 min,19°,19° above ESE,12° above E|2020-02-29 05:01:00.0,Sat Feb 29, 6:01 AM,3 min,77°,22° above WSW,33° above E|2020-03-01 04:15:00.0,Sun Mar 1, 5:15 AM,2 min,63°,59° above SSW,25° above E|2020-03-01 05:48:00.0,Sun Mar 1, 6:48 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above W,10° above W|2020-03-02 03:29:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 4:29 AM,< 1 min,23°,23° above E,16° above E|2020-03-02 05:02:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 6:02 AM,3 min,86°,22° above W,34° above E|2020-03-03 04:16:00.0,Tue Mar 3, 5:16 AM,2 min,87°,70° above WSW,27° above E|

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.