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The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 21, 2020 through Tuesday Oct 6, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Sep 21, 8:53 PM 5 min 40° 10° above SW 21° above E  
Mon Sep 21, 10:30 PM 1 min 22° 10° above W 22° above W  
Tue Sep 22, 8:06 PM 6 min 30° 11° above SSW 10° above E  
Tue Sep 22, 9:42 PM 3 min 78° 10° above WSW 78° above S  
Wed Sep 23, 8:55 PM 5 min 66° 12° above WSW 26° above E  
Wed Sep 23, 10:32 PM 1 min 22° 10° above W 22° above W  
Thu Sep 24, 8:08 PM 6 min 53° 15° above SW 11° above E  
Thu Sep 24, 9:45 PM 2 min 70° 18° above W 70° above W  
Fri Sep 25, 8:58 PM 3 min 85° 27° above W 34° above E  
Fri Sep 25, 10:34 PM 1 min 18° 10° above W 18° above W  
Sat Sep 26, 8:11 PM 5 min 78° 33° above WSW 10° above E  
Sat Sep 26, 9:47 PM 2 min 53° 18° above W 53° above W  
Sun Sep 27, 9:01 PM 2 min 85° 33° above W 43° above E  
Sun Sep 27, 10:36 PM < 1 min 14° 12° above W 14° above W  
Mon Sep 28, 8:14 PM 4 min 88° 42° above W 12° above E  
Mon Sep 28, 9:49 PM 1 min 37° 18° above W 37° above WSW  
Tue Sep 29, 9:02 PM 3 min 65° 26° above W 40° above SE  
Tue Sep 29, 10:38 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above W 10° above W  
Wed Sep 30, 8:16 PM 4 min 77° 42° above W 15° above ESE  
Wed Sep 30, 9:51 PM 1 min 24° 13° above W 24° above WSW  
Thu Oct 1, 9:04 PM 2 min 39° 24° above W 33° above S  
Fri Oct 2, 8:18 PM 4 min 52° 37° above WSW 14° above SE  
Fri Oct 2, 9:53 PM 1 min 14° 10° above WSW 14° above WSW  
Sat Oct 3, 9:06 PM 3 min 21° 16° above WSW 18° above S  
Sun Oct 4, 8:19 PM 4 min 29° 24° above WSW 10° above SSE  
Mon Oct 5, 7:35 PM 1 min 21° 21° above SSE 10° above SE  
Mon Oct 5, 9:09 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW  
2020-09-21 18:53:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 8:53 PM,5 min,40°,10° above SW,21° above E|2020-09-21 20:30:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 10:30 PM,1 min,22°,10° above W,22° above W|2020-09-22 18:06:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 8:06 PM,6 min,30°,11° above SSW,10° above E|2020-09-22 19:42:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 9:42 PM,3 min,78°,10° above WSW,78° above S|2020-09-23 18:55:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 8:55 PM,5 min,66°,12° above WSW,26° above E|2020-09-23 20:32:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 10:32 PM,1 min,22°,10° above W,22° above W|2020-09-24 18:08:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 8:08 PM,6 min,53°,15° above SW,11° above E|2020-09-24 19:45:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 9:45 PM,2 min,70°,18° above W,70° above W|2020-09-25 18:58:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 8:58 PM,3 min,85°,27° above W,34° above E|2020-09-25 20:34:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 10:34 PM,1 min,18°,10° above W,18° above W|2020-09-26 18:11:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 8:11 PM,5 min,78°,33° above WSW,10° above E|2020-09-26 19:47:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 9:47 PM,2 min,53°,18° above W,53° above W|2020-09-27 19:01:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 9:01 PM,2 min,85°,33° above W,43° above E|2020-09-27 20:36:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 10:36 PM,< 1 min,14°,12° above W,14° above W|2020-09-28 18:14:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 8:14 PM,4 min,88°,42° above W,12° above E|2020-09-28 19:49:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 9:49 PM,1 min,37°,18° above W,37° above WSW|2020-09-29 19:02:00.0,Tue Sep 29, 9:02 PM,3 min,65°,26° above W,40° above SE|2020-09-29 20:38:00.0,Tue Sep 29, 10:38 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above W,10° above W|2020-09-30 18:16:00.0,Wed Sep 30, 8:16 PM,4 min,77°,42° above W,15° above ESE|2020-09-30 19:51:00.0,Wed Sep 30, 9:51 PM,1 min,24°,13° above W,24° above WSW|2020-10-01 19:04:00.0,Thu Oct 1, 9:04 PM,2 min,39°,24° above W,33° above S|2020-10-02 18:18:00.0,Fri Oct 2, 8:18 PM,4 min,52°,37° above WSW,14° above SE|2020-10-02 19:53:00.0,Fri Oct 2, 9:53 PM,1 min,14°,10° above WSW,14° above WSW|2020-10-03 19:06:00.0,Sat Oct 3, 9:06 PM,3 min,21°,16° above WSW,18° above S|2020-10-04 18:19:00.0,Sun Oct 4, 8:19 PM,4 min,29°,24° above WSW,10° above SSE|2020-10-05 17:35:00.0,Mon Oct 5, 7:35 PM,1 min,21°,21° above SSE,10° above SE|2020-10-05 19:09:00.0,Mon Oct 5, 9:09 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SW,10° above SW|

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.