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The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 14, 2020 through Tuesday Sep 29, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Sep 17, 8:52 PM 1 min 13° 10° above S 13° above SSE  
Fri Sep 18, 9:39 PM 2 min 24° 10° above SW 24° above SSW  
Sat Sep 19, 8:52 PM 3 min 27° 11° above SSW 24° above SE  
Sat Sep 19, 10:28 PM < 1 min 15° 10° above WSW 15° above WSW  
Sun Sep 20, 8:05 PM 5 min 19° 11° above S 10° above E  
Sun Sep 20, 9:41 PM 3 min 50° 10° above WSW 50° above SW  
Mon Sep 21, 8:53 PM 4 min 50° 10° above SW 33° above ESE  
Mon Sep 21, 10:30 PM < 1 min 15° 10° above W 15° above W  
Tue Sep 22, 8:06 PM 6 min 37° 10° above SW 11° above E  
Tue Sep 22, 9:43 PM 3 min 54° 10° above W 54° above W  
Wed Sep 23, 8:56 PM 4 min 78° 15° above WSW 33° above E  
Wed Sep 23, 10:32 PM < 1 min 15° 10° above W 15° above W  
Thu Sep 24, 8:09 PM 5 min 65° 18° above WSW 12° above E  
Thu Sep 24, 9:45 PM 2 min 54° 15° above W 54° above W  
Fri Sep 25, 8:59 PM 3 min 86° 27° above W 43° above E  
Fri Sep 25, 10:34 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Sat Sep 26, 8:12 PM 4 min 88° 34° above W 15° above E  
Sat Sep 26, 9:48 PM 1 min 42° 18° above W 42° above W  
Sun Sep 27, 9:01 PM 2 min 87° 27° above W 55° above E  
Mon Sep 28, 8:14 PM 3 min 86° 42° above W 18° above E  
Mon Sep 28, 9:49 PM 1 min 30° 14° above W 30° above W  
2020-09-17 18:52:00.0,Thu Sep 17, 8:52 PM,1 min,13°,10° above S,13° above SSE|2020-09-18 19:39:00.0,Fri Sep 18, 9:39 PM,2 min,24°,10° above SW,24° above SSW|2020-09-19 18:52:00.0,Sat Sep 19, 8:52 PM,3 min,27°,11° above SSW,24° above SE|2020-09-19 20:28:00.0,Sat Sep 19, 10:28 PM,< 1 min,15°,10° above WSW,15° above WSW|2020-09-20 18:05:00.0,Sun Sep 20, 8:05 PM,5 min,19°,11° above S,10° above E|2020-09-20 19:41:00.0,Sun Sep 20, 9:41 PM,3 min,50°,10° above WSW,50° above SW|2020-09-21 18:53:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 8:53 PM,4 min,50°,10° above SW,33° above ESE|2020-09-21 20:30:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 10:30 PM,< 1 min,15°,10° above W,15° above W|2020-09-22 18:06:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 8:06 PM,6 min,37°,10° above SW,11° above E|2020-09-22 19:43:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 9:43 PM,3 min,54°,10° above W,54° above W|2020-09-23 18:56:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 8:56 PM,4 min,78°,15° above WSW,33° above E|2020-09-23 20:32:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 10:32 PM,< 1 min,15°,10° above W,15° above W|2020-09-24 18:09:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 8:09 PM,5 min,65°,18° above WSW,12° above E|2020-09-24 19:45:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 9:45 PM,2 min,54°,15° above W,54° above W|2020-09-25 18:59:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 8:59 PM,3 min,86°,27° above W,43° above E|2020-09-25 20:34:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 10:34 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2020-09-26 18:12:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 8:12 PM,4 min,88°,34° above W,15° above E|2020-09-26 19:48:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 9:48 PM,1 min,42°,18° above W,42° above W|2020-09-27 19:01:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 9:01 PM,2 min,87°,27° above W,55° above E|2020-09-28 18:14:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 8:14 PM,3 min,86°,42° above W,18° above E|2020-09-28 19:49:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 9:49 PM,1 min,30°,14° above W,30° 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.