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The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Jan 15, 2021 through Saturday Jan 30, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Jan 20, 6:43 PM 1 min 14° 11° above S 14° above SSE  
Thu Jan 21, 5:57 PM 2 min 11° 10° above SSE 10° above SE  
Thu Jan 21, 7:31 PM 1 min 20° 10° above SW 20° above SSW  
Fri Jan 22, 6:44 PM 3 min 28° 11° above SSW 28° above SSE  
Fri Jan 22, 8:20 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above WSW 10° above WSW  
Sat Jan 23, 5:57 PM 4 min 21° 11° above SSW 13° above ESE  
Sat Jan 23, 7:33 PM 1 min 26° 15° above WSW 26° above SW  
Sun Jan 24, 6:46 PM 3 min 44° 17° above SW 41° above SE  
Mon Jan 25, 5:59 PM 4 min 36° 20° above SSW 16° above E  
Mon Jan 25, 7:35 PM 1 min 32° 18° above WSW 32° above WSW  
Tue Jan 26, 6:49 PM 2 min 60° 26° above WSW 46° above ESE  
Tue Jan 26, 8:24 PM < 1 min 12° 12° above W 12° above W  
Wed Jan 27, 6:02 PM 4 min 53° 31° above SW 17° above E  
Wed Jan 27, 7:38 PM < 1 min 32° 21° above W 32° above WSW  
Thu Jan 28, 6:51 PM 2 min 62° 32° above WSW 48° above SE  
Thu Jan 28, 8:26 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above W 11° above W  
Fri Jan 29, 6:04 PM 4 min 63° 40° above WSW 15° above E  
Fri Jan 29, 7:40 PM 1 min 33° 20° above W 33° above WSW  
2021-01-20 17:43:00.0,Wed Jan 20, 6:43 PM,1 min,14°,11° above S,14° above SSE|2021-01-21 16:57:00.0,Thu Jan 21, 5:57 PM,2 min,11°,10° above SSE,10° above SE|2021-01-21 18:31:00.0,Thu Jan 21, 7:31 PM,1 min,20°,10° above SW,20° above SSW|2021-01-22 17:44:00.0,Fri Jan 22, 6:44 PM,3 min,28°,11° above SSW,28° above SSE|2021-01-22 19:20:00.0,Fri Jan 22, 8:20 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above WSW,10° above WSW|2021-01-23 16:57:00.0,Sat Jan 23, 5:57 PM,4 min,21°,11° above SSW,13° above ESE|2021-01-23 18:33:00.0,Sat Jan 23, 7:33 PM,1 min,26°,15° above WSW,26° above SW|2021-01-24 17:46:00.0,Sun Jan 24, 6:46 PM,3 min,44°,17° above SW,41° above SE|2021-01-25 16:59:00.0,Mon Jan 25, 5:59 PM,4 min,36°,20° above SSW,16° above E|2021-01-25 18:35:00.0,Mon Jan 25, 7:35 PM,1 min,32°,18° above WSW,32° above WSW|2021-01-26 17:49:00.0,Tue Jan 26, 6:49 PM,2 min,60°,26° above WSW,46° above ESE|2021-01-26 19:24:00.0,Tue Jan 26, 8:24 PM,< 1 min,12°,12° above W,12° above W|2021-01-27 17:02:00.0,Wed Jan 27, 6:02 PM,4 min,53°,31° above SW,17° above E|2021-01-27 18:38:00.0,Wed Jan 27, 7:38 PM,< 1 min,32°,21° above W,32° above WSW|2021-01-28 17:51:00.0,Thu Jan 28, 6:51 PM,2 min,62°,32° above WSW,48° above SE|2021-01-28 19:26:00.0,Thu Jan 28, 8:26 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above W,11° above W|2021-01-29 17:04:00.0,Fri Jan 29, 6:04 PM,4 min,63°,40° above WSW,15° above E|2021-01-29 18:40:00.0,Fri Jan 29, 7:40 PM,1 min,33°,20° above W,33° 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.