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Location: Cape Town, South Africa

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Jul 8, 2020 through Friday Jul 24, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Jul 8, 6:18 PM 4 min 17° 11° above S 10° above ESE  
Wed Jul 8, 7:54 PM 2 min 30° 10° above WSW 30° above WSW  
Thu Jul 9, 7:07 PM 5 min 81° 10° above SW 22° above NE  
Fri Jul 10, 6:19 PM 6 min 43° 10° above SSW 10° above ENE  
Fri Jul 10, 7:59 PM 2 min 14° 14° above WNW 10° above NNW  
Sat Jul 11, 7:11 PM 3 min 26° 26° above NW 11° above N  
Sun Jul 12, 6:20 PM 6 min 50° 10° above WSW 11° above NNE  
Tue Jul 14, 6:26 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above NNW 10° above NNW  
Sat Jul 18, 7:02 AM 1 min 15° 11° above NNE 15° above NNE  
Mon Jul 20, 7:02 AM 6 min 58° 11° above NNW 11° above SE  
Tue Jul 21, 6:14 AM 4 min 29° 10° above NNW 26° above ENE  
Wed Jul 22, 5:29 AM 1 min 16° 15° above NE 15° above ENE  
Wed Jul 22, 7:03 AM 6 min 38° 12° above WNW 10° above SSE  
Thu Jul 23, 6:17 AM 4 min 72° 54° above WNW 10° above SE  
2020-07-08 16:18:00.0,Wed Jul 8, 6:18 PM,4 min,17°,11° above S,10° above ESE|2020-07-08 17:54:00.0,Wed Jul 8, 7:54 PM,2 min,30°,10° above WSW,30° above WSW|2020-07-09 17:07:00.0,Thu Jul 9, 7:07 PM,5 min,81°,10° above SW,22° above NE|2020-07-10 16:19:00.0,Fri Jul 10, 6:19 PM,6 min,43°,10° above SSW,10° above ENE|2020-07-10 17:59:00.0,Fri Jul 10, 7:59 PM,2 min,14°,14° above WNW,10° above NNW|2020-07-11 17:11:00.0,Sat Jul 11, 7:11 PM,3 min,26°,26° above NW,11° above N|2020-07-12 16:20:00.0,Sun Jul 12, 6:20 PM,6 min,50°,10° above WSW,11° above NNE|2020-07-14 16:26:00.0,Tue Jul 14, 6:26 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NNW,10° above NNW|2020-07-18 05:02:00.0,Sat Jul 18, 7:02 AM,1 min,15°,11° above NNE,15° above NNE|2020-07-20 05:02:00.0,Mon Jul 20, 7:02 AM,6 min,58°,11° above NNW,11° above SE|2020-07-21 04:14:00.0,Tue Jul 21, 6:14 AM,4 min,29°,10° above NNW,26° above ENE|2020-07-22 03:29:00.0,Wed Jul 22, 5:29 AM,1 min,16°,15° above NE,15° above ENE|2020-07-22 05:03:00.0,Wed Jul 22, 7:03 AM,6 min,38°,12° above WNW,10° above SSE|2020-07-23 04:17:00.0,Thu Jul 23, 6:17 AM,4 min,72°,54° above WNW,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.