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Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Jul 15, 2020 through Thursday Jul 30, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Jul 19, 7:02 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above NNE 10° above NNE  
Tue Jul 21, 7:01 AM 3 min 31° 10° above NNW 31° above NE  
Wed Jul 22, 6:13 AM 2 min 19° 10° above N 19° above NE  
Thu Jul 23, 5:27 AM 2 min 11° 10° above NNE 11° above ENE  
Thu Jul 23, 7:01 AM 6 min 85° 10° above NW 10° above ESE  
Fri Jul 24, 6:14 AM 5 min 51° 18° above NNW 11° above ESE  
Sat Jul 25, 5:29 AM 1 min 29° 29° above ENE 22° above E  
Sat Jul 25, 7:02 AM 6 min 42° 10° above W 11° above SE  
Sun Jul 26, 6:17 AM 4 min 63° 48° above W 10° above SE  
Mon Jul 27, 5:31 AM 2 min 34° 34° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Mon Jul 27, 7:04 AM 6 min 26° 11° above WSW 10° above SE  
Tue Jul 28, 6:18 AM 4 min 32° 30° above SW 10° above SE  
Wed Jul 29, 5:32 AM 1 min 23° 23° above SE 11° above SE  
Wed Jul 29, 7:05 AM 5 min 20° 10° above SW 11° above SE  
Thu Jul 30, 6:19 AM 3 min 22° 21° above SSW 10° above SE  
2020-07-18 19:02:00.0,Sun Jul 19, 7:02 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NNE,10° above NNE|2020-07-20 19:01:00.0,Tue Jul 21, 7:01 AM,3 min,31°,10° above NNW,31° above NE|2020-07-21 18:13:00.0,Wed Jul 22, 6:13 AM,2 min,19°,10° above N,19° above NE|2020-07-22 17:27:00.0,Thu Jul 23, 5:27 AM,2 min,11°,10° above NNE,11° above ENE|2020-07-22 19:01:00.0,Thu Jul 23, 7:01 AM,6 min,85°,10° above NW,10° above ESE|2020-07-23 18:14:00.0,Fri Jul 24, 6:14 AM,5 min,51°,18° above NNW,11° above ESE|2020-07-24 17:29:00.0,Sat Jul 25, 5:29 AM,1 min,29°,29° above ENE,22° above E|2020-07-24 19:02:00.0,Sat Jul 25, 7:02 AM,6 min,42°,10° above W,11° above SE|2020-07-25 18:17:00.0,Sun Jul 26, 6:17 AM,4 min,63°,48° above W,10° above SE|2020-07-26 17:31:00.0,Mon Jul 27, 5:31 AM,2 min,34°,34° above ESE,10° above ESE|2020-07-26 19:04:00.0,Mon Jul 27, 7:04 AM,6 min,26°,11° above WSW,10° above SE|2020-07-27 18:18:00.0,Tue Jul 28, 6:18 AM,4 min,32°,30° above SW,10° above SE|2020-07-28 17:32:00.0,Wed Jul 29, 5:32 AM,1 min,23°,23° above SE,11° above SE|2020-07-28 19:05:00.0,Wed Jul 29, 7:05 AM,5 min,20°,10° above SW,11° above SE|2020-07-29 18:19:00.0,Thu Jul 30, 6:19 AM,3 min,22°,21° above SSW,10° above SE|

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.