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The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Feb 24, 2021 through Thursday Mar 11, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Feb 25, 4:50 AM 2 min 18° 18° above SE 10° above E  
Thu Feb 25, 6:23 AM 6 min 63° 14° above WSW 10° above E  
Fri Feb 26, 5:37 AM 4 min 49° 35° above SSW 10° above E  
Sat Feb 27, 4:52 AM 2 min 31° 31° above ESE 10° above E  
Sat Feb 27, 6:25 AM 6 min 88° 14° above W 10° above E  
Sun Feb 28, 4:06 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above E 10° above E  
Sun Feb 28, 5:39 AM 4 min 77° 39° above WSW 10° above E  
Mon Mar 1, 4:53 AM 3 min 46° 46° above ESE 10° above E  
Mon Mar 1, 6:26 AM 7 min 86° 12° above W 10° above E  
Tue Mar 2, 4:08 AM 1 min 16° 16° above E 10° above E  
Tue Mar 2, 5:41 AM 5 min 86° 39° above W 10° above E  
Wed Mar 3, 4:55 AM 3 min 62° 62° above E 10° above E  
Wed Mar 3, 6:28 AM 7 min 80° 10° above W 10° above ESE  
Thu Mar 4, 4:09 AM 1 min 19° 19° above E 10° above E  
Thu Mar 4, 5:42 AM 5 min 89° 28° above W 10° above E  
Fri Mar 5, 4:57 AM 3 min 75° 75° above ENE 10° above E  
Sat Mar 6, 4:11 AM 1 min 20° 20° above E 10° above E  
Sat Mar 6, 5:44 AM 5 min 66° 28° above W 10° above ESE  
Sun Mar 7, 4:58 AM 3 min 72° 72° above SE 10° above ESE  
Mon Mar 8, 4:13 AM 1 min 23° 23° above E 10° above E  
Mon Mar 8, 5:46 AM 5 min 38° 22° above W 10° above SE  
Tue Mar 9, 5:00 AM 3 min 50° 50° above S 10° above SE  
Wed Mar 10, 4:15 AM 1 min 16° 16° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Wed Mar 10, 5:48 AM 4 min 20° 18° above WSW 10° above SSE  
Thu Mar 11, 5:02 AM 2 min 24° 24° above S 10° above SSE  
2021-02-25 03:50:00.0,Thu Feb 25, 4:50 AM,2 min,18°,18° above SE,10° above E|2021-02-25 05:23:00.0,Thu Feb 25, 6:23 AM,6 min,63°,14° above WSW,10° above E|2021-02-26 04:37:00.0,Fri Feb 26, 5:37 AM,4 min,49°,35° above SSW,10° above E|2021-02-27 03:52:00.0,Sat Feb 27, 4:52 AM,2 min,31°,31° above ESE,10° above E|2021-02-27 05:25:00.0,Sat Feb 27, 6:25 AM,6 min,88°,14° above W,10° above E|2021-02-28 03:06:00.0,Sun Feb 28, 4:06 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above E,10° above E|2021-02-28 04:39:00.0,Sun Feb 28, 5:39 AM,4 min,77°,39° above WSW,10° above E|2021-03-01 03:53:00.0,Mon Mar 1, 4:53 AM,3 min,46°,46° above ESE,10° above E|2021-03-01 05:26:00.0,Mon Mar 1, 6:26 AM,7 min,86°,12° above W,10° above E|2021-03-02 03:08:00.0,Tue Mar 2, 4:08 AM,1 min,16°,16° above E,10° above E|2021-03-02 04:41:00.0,Tue Mar 2, 5:41 AM,5 min,86°,39° above W,10° above E|2021-03-03 03:55:00.0,Wed Mar 3, 4:55 AM,3 min,62°,62° above E,10° above E|2021-03-03 05:28:00.0,Wed Mar 3, 6:28 AM,7 min,80°,10° above W,10° above ESE|2021-03-04 03:09:00.0,Thu Mar 4, 4:09 AM,1 min,19°,19° above E,10° above E|2021-03-04 04:42:00.0,Thu Mar 4, 5:42 AM,5 min,89°,28° above W,10° above E|2021-03-05 03:57:00.0,Fri Mar 5, 4:57 AM,3 min,75°,75° above ENE,10° above E|2021-03-06 03:11:00.0,Sat Mar 6, 4:11 AM,1 min,20°,20° above E,10° above E|2021-03-06 04:44:00.0,Sat Mar 6, 5:44 AM,5 min,66°,28° above W,10° above ESE|2021-03-07 03:58:00.0,Sun Mar 7, 4:58 AM,3 min,72°,72° above SE,10° above ESE|2021-03-08 03:13:00.0,Mon Mar 8, 4:13 AM,1 min,23°,23° above E,10° above E|2021-03-08 04:46:00.0,Mon Mar 8, 5:46 AM,5 min,38°,22° above W,10° above SE|2021-03-09 04:00:00.0,Tue Mar 9, 5:00 AM,3 min,50°,50° above S,10° above SE|2021-03-10 03:15:00.0,Wed Mar 10, 4:15 AM,1 min,16°,16° above ESE,10° above ESE|2021-03-10 04:48:00.0,Wed Mar 10, 5:48 AM,4 min,20°,18° above WSW,10° above SSE|2021-03-11 04:02:00.0,Thu Mar 11, 5:02 AM,2 min,24°,24° above S,10° above SSE|

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.