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Location: Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Aug 21, 6:49 AM 3 min 12° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Tue Aug 23, 6:48 AM 5 min 37° 22° above S 10° above ENE  
Wed Aug 24, 6:01 AM 2 min 20° 20° above ESE 10° above E  
Thu Aug 25, 6:48 AM 4 min 67° 38° above WSW 10° above NE  
Fri Aug 26, 6:02 AM 2 min 40° 40° above ENE 10° above NE  
Sat Aug 27, 5:15 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above ENE 10° above ENE  
Sat Aug 27, 6:48 AM 4 min 26° 23° above WNW 10° above NNE  
Sun Aug 28, 6:02 AM 2 min 31° 31° above N 10° above NE  
Sun Aug 28, 7:37 AM 2 min 11° 10° above NNW 10° above N  
Mon Aug 29, 5:15 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above NE 10° above NE  
Mon Aug 29, 6:48 AM 3 min 14° 12° above NW 10° above NNE  
Tue Aug 30, 6:02 AM 2 min 18° 18° above N 10° above NNE  
Wed Aug 31, 5:15 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above NNE 10° above NNE  
Thu Sep 1, 6:01 AM 1 min 11° 11° above NNW 10° above N  
2022-08-21 05:49:00.0,Sun Aug 21, 6:49 AM,3 min,12°,10° above SSE,10° above ESE|2022-08-23 05:48:00.0,Tue Aug 23, 6:48 AM,5 min,37°,22° above S,10° above ENE|2022-08-24 05:01:00.0,Wed Aug 24, 6:01 AM,2 min,20°,20° above ESE,10° above E|2022-08-25 05:48:00.0,Thu Aug 25, 6:48 AM,4 min,67°,38° above WSW,10° above NE|2022-08-26 05:02:00.0,Fri Aug 26, 6:02 AM,2 min,40°,40° above ENE,10° above NE|2022-08-27 04:15:00.0,Sat Aug 27, 5:15 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above ENE,10° above ENE|2022-08-27 05:48:00.0,Sat Aug 27, 6:48 AM,4 min,26°,23° above WNW,10° above NNE|2022-08-28 05:02:00.0,Sun Aug 28, 6:02 AM,2 min,31°,31° above N,10° above NE|2022-08-28 06:37:00.0,Sun Aug 28, 7:37 AM,2 min,11°,10° above NNW,10° above N|2022-08-29 04:15:00.0,Mon Aug 29, 5:15 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above NE,10° above NE|2022-08-29 05:48:00.0,Mon Aug 29, 6:48 AM,3 min,14°,12° above NW,10° above NNE|2022-08-30 05:02:00.0,Tue Aug 30, 6:02 AM,2 min,18°,18° above N,10° above NNE|2022-08-31 04:15:00.0,Wed Aug 31, 5:15 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NNE,10° above NNE|2022-09-01 05:01:00.0,Thu Sep 1, 6:01 AM,1 min,11°,11° above NNW,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.