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The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Aug 17, 2022 through Thursday Sep 1, 2022

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Aug 19, 6:49 AM 4 min 16° 10° above SSE 10° above E  
Sun Aug 21, 6:48 AM 6 min 55° 12° above SSW 10° above NE  
Mon Aug 22, 6:01 AM 4 min 27° 24° above SSE 10° above ENE  
Tue Aug 23, 5:15 AM 1 min 12° 12° above ESE 10° above E  
Tue Aug 23, 6:48 AM 5 min 39° 17° above WSW 10° above NNE  
Wed Aug 24, 6:01 AM 3 min 79° 76° above N 10° above NE  
Thu Aug 25, 5:15 AM 1 min 18° 18° above ENE 10° above ENE  
Thu Aug 25, 6:48 AM 4 min 16° 11° above WNW 10° above N  
Fri Aug 26, 6:01 AM 3 min 24° 24° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Sat Aug 27, 5:15 AM 1 min 15° 15° above NNE 10° above NNE  
Sun Aug 28, 6:02 AM 1 min 11° 11° above NNW 10° above NNW  
Mon Aug 29, 5:15 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above N 10° above N  
2022-08-19 05:49:00.0,Fri Aug 19, 6:49 AM,4 min,16°,10° above SSE,10° above E|2022-08-21 05:48:00.0,Sun Aug 21, 6:48 AM,6 min,55°,12° above SSW,10° above NE|2022-08-22 05:01:00.0,Mon Aug 22, 6:01 AM,4 min,27°,24° above SSE,10° above ENE|2022-08-23 04:15:00.0,Tue Aug 23, 5:15 AM,1 min,12°,12° above ESE,10° above E|2022-08-23 05:48:00.0,Tue Aug 23, 6:48 AM,5 min,39°,17° above WSW,10° above NNE|2022-08-24 05:01:00.0,Wed Aug 24, 6:01 AM,3 min,79°,76° above N,10° above NE|2022-08-25 04:15:00.0,Thu Aug 25, 5:15 AM,1 min,18°,18° above ENE,10° above ENE|2022-08-25 05:48:00.0,Thu Aug 25, 6:48 AM,4 min,16°,11° above WNW,10° above N|2022-08-26 05:01:00.0,Fri Aug 26, 6:01 AM,3 min,24°,24° above NNW,10° above NNE|2022-08-27 04:15:00.0,Sat Aug 27, 5:15 AM,1 min,15°,15° above NNE,10° above NNE|2022-08-28 05:02:00.0,Sun Aug 28, 6:02 AM,1 min,11°,11° above NNW,10° above NNW|2022-08-29 04:15:00.0,Mon Aug 29, 5:15 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above N,10° above N|

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.