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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, 8:53 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSE 10° above SSE  
Fri Sep 18, 9:40 PM < 1 min 16° 11° above SW 16° above SSW  
Sat Sep 19, 8:53 PM 3 min 23° 11° above SSW 23° above SE  
Sat Sep 19, 10:29 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above WSW 10° above WSW  
Sun Sep 20, 8:06 PM 4 min 17° 10° above S 11° above ESE  
Sun Sep 20, 9:41 PM 2 min 30° 10° above WSW 30° above SW  
Mon Sep 21, 8:54 PM 4 min 38° 10° above SW 36° above SE  
Mon Sep 21, 10:31 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Tue Sep 22, 8:07 PM 5 min 30° 11° above SW 12° above E  
Tue Sep 22, 9:43 PM 2 min 39° 10° above WSW 39° above WSW  
Wed Sep 23, 8:56 PM 4 min 55° 10° above WSW 44° above ESE  
Wed Sep 23, 10:32 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Thu Sep 24, 8:09 PM 6 min 47° 10° above WSW 16° above E  
Thu Sep 24, 9:45 PM 2 min 32° 10° above W 32° above WSW  
Fri Sep 25, 8:58 PM 3 min 63° 15° above W 48° above SE  
Sat Sep 26, 8:12 PM 4 min 61° 26° above WSW 17° above E  
Sat Sep 26, 9:47 PM 2 min 30° 10° above W 30° above WSW  
Sun Sep 27, 9:01 PM 3 min 56° 18° above W 52° above SSE  
Mon Sep 28, 8:14 PM 3 min 61° 32° above WSW 21° above ESE  
Mon Sep 28, 9:49 PM 1 min 21° 11° above W 21° above WSW  
2020-09-17 18:53:00.0,Thu Sep 17, 8:53 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSE,10° above SSE|2020-09-18 19:40:00.0,Fri Sep 18, 9:40 PM,< 1 min,16°,11° above SW,16° above SSW|2020-09-19 18:53:00.0,Sat Sep 19, 8:53 PM,3 min,23°,11° above SSW,23° above SE|2020-09-19 20:29:00.0,Sat Sep 19, 10:29 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above WSW,10° above WSW|2020-09-20 18:06:00.0,Sun Sep 20, 8:06 PM,4 min,17°,10° above S,11° above ESE|2020-09-20 19:41:00.0,Sun Sep 20, 9:41 PM,2 min,30°,10° above WSW,30° above SW|2020-09-21 18:54:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 8:54 PM,4 min,38°,10° above SW,36° above SE|2020-09-21 20:31:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 10:31 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2020-09-22 18:07:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 8:07 PM,5 min,30°,11° above SW,12° above E|2020-09-22 19:43:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 9:43 PM,2 min,39°,10° above WSW,39° above WSW|2020-09-23 18:56:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 8:56 PM,4 min,55°,10° above WSW,44° above ESE|2020-09-23 20:32:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 10:32 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2020-09-24 18:09:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 8:09 PM,6 min,47°,10° above WSW,16° above E|2020-09-24 19:45:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 9:45 PM,2 min,32°,10° above W,32° above WSW|2020-09-25 18:58:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 8:58 PM,3 min,63°,15° above W,48° above SE|2020-09-26 18:12:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 8:12 PM,4 min,61°,26° above WSW,17° above E|2020-09-26 19:47:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 9:47 PM,2 min,30°,10° above W,30° above WSW|2020-09-27 19:01:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 9:01 PM,3 min,56°,18° above W,52° above SSE|2020-09-28 18:14:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 8:14 PM,3 min,61°,32° above WSW,21° above ESE|2020-09-28 19:49:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 9:49 PM,1 min,21°,11° above W,21° above WSW|

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.