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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
Fri Sep 21, 9:16 PM 1 min 18° 10° above SSW 18° above SSW  
Sat Sep 22, 8:25 PM 3 min 22° 11° above S 21° above ESE  
Sat Sep 22, 10:01 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above WSW 12° above WSW  
Sun Sep 23, 9:09 PM 3 min 57° 10° above WSW 57° above SW  
Mon Sep 24, 8:17 PM 5 min 48° 10° above SW 21° above ENE  
Mon Sep 24, 9:54 PM 1 min 20° 12° above W 20° above WNW  
Tue Sep 25, 9:03 PM 3 min 53° 18° above W 48° above NNE  
Wed Sep 26, 8:11 PM 5 min 81° 23° above WSW 14° above ENE  
Wed Sep 26, 9:48 PM < 1 min 21° 19° above WNW 21° above NW  
Thu Sep 27, 8:57 PM 2 min 35° 27° above NW 29° above NNE  
Fri Sep 28, 8:05 PM 4 min 46° 36° above WNW 12° above NE  
Fri Sep 28, 9:41 PM < 1 min 21° 18° above NW 21° above NW  
Sat Sep 29, 8:50 PM 2 min 29° 21° above NW 27° above NNE  
Sun Sep 30, 7:58 PM 4 min 33° 26° above NW 10° above NE  
Sun Sep 30, 9:34 PM < 1 min 22° 16° above NW 22° above NW  
Mon Oct 1, 8:42 PM 2 min 28° 18° above NW 26° above NNE  
Tue Oct 2, 7:51 PM 4 min 28° 21° above NW 11° above ENE  
Tue Oct 2, 9:27 PM < 1 min 24° 17° above NW 24° above NW  
Wed Oct 3, 8:35 PM 3 min 32° 16° above NW 30° above NE  
2018-09-21 19:16:00.0,Fri Sep 21, 9:16 PM,1 min,18°,10° above SSW,18° above SSW|2018-09-22 18:25:00.0,Sat Sep 22, 8:25 PM,3 min,22°,11° above S,21° above ESE|2018-09-22 20:01:00.0,Sat Sep 22, 10:01 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above WSW,12° above WSW|2018-09-23 19:09:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 9:09 PM,3 min,57°,10° above WSW,57° above SW|2018-09-24 18:17:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 8:17 PM,5 min,48°,10° above SW,21° above ENE|2018-09-24 19:54:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 9:54 PM,1 min,20°,12° above W,20° above WNW|2018-09-25 19:03:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 9:03 PM,3 min,53°,18° above W,48° above NNE|2018-09-26 18:11:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 8:11 PM,5 min,81°,23° above WSW,14° above ENE|2018-09-26 19:48:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 9:48 PM,< 1 min,21°,19° above WNW,21° above NW|2018-09-27 18:57:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 8:57 PM,2 min,35°,27° above NW,29° above NNE|2018-09-28 18:05:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 8:05 PM,4 min,46°,36° above WNW,12° above NE|2018-09-28 19:41:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 9:41 PM,< 1 min,21°,18° above NW,21° above NW|2018-09-29 18:50:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 8:50 PM,2 min,29°,21° above NW,27° above NNE|2018-09-30 17:58:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 7:58 PM,4 min,33°,26° above NW,10° above NE|2018-09-30 19:34:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 9:34 PM,< 1 min,22°,16° above NW,22° above NW|2018-10-01 18:42:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 8:42 PM,2 min,28°,18° above NW,26° above NNE|2018-10-02 17:51:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 7:51 PM,4 min,28°,21° above NW,11° above ENE|2018-10-02 19:27:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 9:27 PM,< 1 min,24°,17° above NW,24° above NW|2018-10-03 18:35:00.0,Wed Oct 3, 8:35 PM,3 min,32°,16° above NW,30° above NE|

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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