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Location: Cape Town, South Africa

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Feb 24, 2021 through Thursday Mar 11, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Feb 28, 9:31 PM 1 min 17° 10° above SSW 17° above S  
Mon Mar 1, 8:44 PM 2 min 14° 10° above S 14° above SE  
Tue Mar 2, 7:58 PM 1 min 10° 10° above SSE 10° above SSE  
Tue Mar 2, 9:33 PM 2 min 27° 10° above SW 27° above SSW  
Wed Mar 3, 8:45 PM 3 min 34° 10° above SSW 34° above SE  
Thu Mar 4, 7:58 PM 5 min 21° 10° above SSW 12° above E  
Thu Mar 4, 9:35 PM 1 min 21° 10° above WSW 21° above W  
Fri Mar 5, 8:47 PM 4 min 68° 10° above SW 57° above N  
Sat Mar 6, 7:59 PM 6 min 62° 10° above SW 15° above ENE  
Sun Mar 7, 8:49 PM 4 min 18° 10° above W 14° above NNW  
Mon Mar 8, 8:01 PM 6 min 34° 10° above WSW 10° above NNE  
2021-02-28 19:31:00.0,Sun Feb 28, 9:31 PM,1 min,17°,10° above SSW,17° above S|2021-03-01 18:44:00.0,Mon Mar 1, 8:44 PM,2 min,14°,10° above S,14° above SE|2021-03-02 17:58:00.0,Tue Mar 2, 7:58 PM,1 min,10°,10° above SSE,10° above SSE|2021-03-02 19:33:00.0,Tue Mar 2, 9:33 PM,2 min,27°,10° above SW,27° above SSW|2021-03-03 18:45:00.0,Wed Mar 3, 8:45 PM,3 min,34°,10° above SSW,34° above SE|2021-03-04 17:58:00.0,Thu Mar 4, 7:58 PM,5 min,21°,10° above SSW,12° above E|2021-03-04 19:35:00.0,Thu Mar 4, 9:35 PM,1 min,21°,10° above WSW,21° above W|2021-03-05 18:47:00.0,Fri Mar 5, 8:47 PM,4 min,68°,10° above SW,57° above N|2021-03-06 17:59:00.0,Sat Mar 6, 7:59 PM,6 min,62°,10° above SW,15° above ENE|2021-03-07 18:49:00.0,Sun Mar 7, 8:49 PM,4 min,18°,10° above W,14° above NNW|2021-03-08 18:01:00.0,Mon Mar 8, 8:01 PM,6 min,34°,10° above WSW,10° above NNE|

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.