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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
Sun Sep 23, 9:11 PM < 1 min 14° 10° above SSW 14° above S  
Mon Sep 24, 8:20 PM 2 min 13° 10° above S 13° above SE  
Mon Sep 24, 9:55 PM < 1 min 14° 10° above SW 14° above SW  
Tue Sep 25, 9:03 PM 2 min 28° 11° above SW 28° above S  
Wed Sep 26, 8:12 PM 4 min 22° 11° above SSW 15° above ESE  
Wed Sep 26, 9:47 PM 1 min 21° 10° above WSW 21° above SW  
Thu Sep 27, 8:55 PM 3 min 39° 10° above WSW 38° above SSE  
Thu Sep 27, 10:32 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above W 10° above W  
Fri Sep 28, 8:04 PM 5 min 31° 11° above SW 17° above ESE  
Fri Sep 28, 9:40 PM 2 min 26° 10° above WSW 26° above WSW  
Sat Sep 29, 8:48 PM 4 min 47° 10° above WSW 42° above SE  
Sat Sep 29, 10:24 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above W 10° above W  
Sun Sep 30, 7:57 PM 5 min 42° 14° above WSW 14° above E  
Sun Sep 30, 9:32 PM 2 min 30° 10° above W 30° above WSW  
Mon Oct 1, 8:42 PM 3 min 48° 18° above WSW 37° above SE  
Mon Oct 1, 10:17 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above W 11° above W  
Tue Oct 2, 7:50 PM 4 min 48° 26° above WSW 15° above ESE  
Tue Oct 2, 9:25 PM 2 min 27° 12° above W 27° above WSW  
Wed Oct 3, 8:35 PM 3 min 42° 21° above WSW 33° above SSE  
Wed Oct 3, 10:10 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above WSW 10° above WSW  
2018-09-23 19:11:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 9:11 PM,< 1 min,14°,10° above SSW,14° above S|2018-09-24 18:20:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 8:20 PM,2 min,13°,10° above S,13° above SE|2018-09-24 19:55:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 9:55 PM,< 1 min,14°,10° above SW,14° above SW|2018-09-25 19:03:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 9:03 PM,2 min,28°,11° above SW,28° above S|2018-09-26 18:12:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 8:12 PM,4 min,22°,11° above SSW,15° above ESE|2018-09-26 19:47:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 9:47 PM,1 min,21°,10° above WSW,21° above SW|2018-09-27 18:55:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 8:55 PM,3 min,39°,10° above WSW,38° above SSE|2018-09-27 20:32:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 10:32 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above W,10° above W|2018-09-28 18:04:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 8:04 PM,5 min,31°,11° above SW,17° above ESE|2018-09-28 19:40:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 9:40 PM,2 min,26°,10° above WSW,26° above WSW|2018-09-29 18:48:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 8:48 PM,4 min,47°,10° above WSW,42° above SE|2018-09-29 20:24:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 10:24 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above W,10° above W|2018-09-30 17:57:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 7:57 PM,5 min,42°,14° above WSW,14° above E|2018-09-30 19:32:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 9:32 PM,2 min,30°,10° above W,30° above WSW|2018-10-01 18:42:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 8:42 PM,3 min,48°,18° above WSW,37° above SE|2018-10-01 20:17:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 10:17 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above W,11° above W|2018-10-02 17:50:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 7:50 PM,4 min,48°,26° above WSW,15° above ESE|2018-10-02 19:25:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 9:25 PM,2 min,27°,12° above W,27° above WSW|2018-10-03 18:35:00.0,Wed Oct 3, 8:35 PM,3 min,42°,21° above WSW,33° above SSE|2018-10-03 20:10:00.0,Wed Oct 3, 10:10 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above WSW,10° above WSW|

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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