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The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Dec 7, 2022 through Thursday Dec 22, 2022

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Dec 7, 7:31 PM 2 min 11° 10° above WSW 10° above SW  
Thu Dec 8, 6:41 PM 5 min 19° 10° above W 10° above S  
Sun Dec 11, 5:54 PM 3 min 12° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  
Fri Dec 16, 7:23 AM 6 min 24° 10° above S 10° above ENE  
Sat Dec 17, 6:35 AM 4 min 14° 10° above SSE 10° above E  
Sun Dec 18, 7:22 AM 7 min 69° 10° above SW 10° above ENE  
Mon Dec 19, 6:34 AM 6 min 38° 10° above SSW 10° above ENE  
Tue Dec 20, 5:49 AM 3 min 22° 22° above SE 10° above E  
Tue Dec 20, 7:22 AM 6 min 45° 10° above WSW 10° above NE  
Wed Dec 21, 6:36 AM 4 min 74° 55° above W 10° above NE  
Thu Dec 22, 5:50 AM 1 min 22° 22° above ENE 10° above ENE  
Thu Dec 22, 7:23 AM 5 min 24° 14° above WNW 10° above NE  
2022-12-07 18:31:00.0,Wed Dec 7, 7:31 PM,2 min,11°,10° above WSW,10° above SW|2022-12-08 17:41:00.0,Thu Dec 8, 6:41 PM,5 min,19°,10° above W,10° above S|2022-12-11 16:54:00.0,Sun Dec 11, 5:54 PM,3 min,12°,10° above WSW,10° above SSW|2022-12-16 06:23:00.0,Fri Dec 16, 7:23 AM,6 min,24°,10° above S,10° above ENE|2022-12-17 05:35:00.0,Sat Dec 17, 6:35 AM,4 min,14°,10° above SSE,10° above E|2022-12-18 06:22:00.0,Sun Dec 18, 7:22 AM,7 min,69°,10° above SW,10° above ENE|2022-12-19 05:34:00.0,Mon Dec 19, 6:34 AM,6 min,38°,10° above SSW,10° above ENE|2022-12-20 04:49:00.0,Tue Dec 20, 5:49 AM,3 min,22°,22° above SE,10° above E|2022-12-20 06:22:00.0,Tue Dec 20, 7:22 AM,6 min,45°,10° above WSW,10° above NE|2022-12-21 05:36:00.0,Wed Dec 21, 6:36 AM,4 min,74°,55° above W,10° above NE|2022-12-22 04:50:00.0,Thu Dec 22, 5:50 AM,1 min,22°,22° above ENE,10° above ENE|2022-12-22 06:23:00.0,Thu Dec 22, 7:23 AM,5 min,24°,14° above WNW,10° above NE|

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.