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Location: Madrid, Spain

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Oct 11, 2019 through Thursday Oct 31, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Oct 23, 7:34 AM 2 min 19° 10° above S 19° above SE  
Thu Oct 24, 6:47 AM 1 min 11° 10° above SSE 11° above SE  
Fri Oct 25, 7:32 AM 5 min 57° 10° above SW 28° above ENE  
Sat Oct 26, 6:46 AM 2 min 31° 28° above SSE 26° above ESE  
Sun Oct 27, 5:00 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above E 12° above E  
Sun Oct 27, 6:33 AM 5 min 50° 21° above W 11° above NE  
Mon Oct 28, 5:47 AM 2 min 52° 52° above NE 12° above NE  
Tue Oct 29, 5:01 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above ENE 10° above ENE  
Tue Oct 29, 6:34 AM 4 min 24° 21° above NW 10° above NNE  
Wed Oct 30, 5:48 AM 1 min 22° 22° above NNE 11° above NE  
Thu Oct 31, 6:34 AM 3 min 15° 14° above NW 10° above NNE  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Friday Oct 11, 2019 through Thursday Oct 31, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Oct 11, 9:01 PM 4 min 32° 26° above W 12° above SSE  
Sat Oct 12, 8:28 PM 4 min 39° 34° above WSW 11° above SSE  
Sun Oct 13, 7:59 PM 1 min 18° 18° above SSE 10° above SSE  
Wed Oct 16, 7:57 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW  
Wed Oct 23, 7:56 AM 1 min 13° 10° above SSE 13° above SE  
Thu Oct 24, 7:24 AM < 1 min 11° 10° above SE 11° above SE  
Sat Oct 26, 7:54 AM 6 min 62° 10° above SW 17° above ENE  
2019-10-23 05:34:00.0,Wed Oct 23, 7:34 AM,2 min,19°,10° above S,19° above SE|2019-10-24 04:47:00.0,Thu Oct 24, 6:47 AM,1 min,11°,10° above SSE,11° above SE|2019-10-25 05:32:00.0,Fri Oct 25, 7:32 AM,5 min,57°,10° above SW,28° above ENE|2019-10-26 04:46:00.0,Sat Oct 26, 6:46 AM,2 min,31°,28° above SSE,26° above ESE|2019-10-27 04:00:00.0,Sun Oct 27, 5:00 AM,< 1 min,14°,14° above E,12° above E|2019-10-27 05:33:00.0,Sun Oct 27, 6:33 AM,5 min,50°,21° above W,11° above NE|2019-10-28 04:47:00.0,Mon Oct 28, 5:47 AM,2 min,52°,52° above NE,12° above NE|2019-10-29 04:01:00.0,Tue Oct 29, 5:01 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above ENE,10° above ENE|2019-10-29 05:34:00.0,Tue Oct 29, 6:34 AM,4 min,24°,21° above NW,10° above NNE|2019-10-30 04:48:00.0,Wed Oct 30, 5:48 AM,1 min,22°,22° above NNE,11° above NE|2019-10-31 05:34:00.0,Thu Oct 31, 6:34 AM,3 min,15°,14° above NW,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