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Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 21, 2020 through Tuesday Oct 6, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Sep 21, 8:54 PM 4 min 67° 22° above WSW 21° above NE  
Mon Sep 21, 10:31 PM < 1 min 16° 14° above WNW 16° above WNW  
Tue Sep 22, 8:07 PM 5 min 86° 22° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Tue Sep 22, 9:44 PM 1 min 34° 22° above WNW 34° above NNW  
Wed Sep 23, 8:57 PM 3 min 40° 28° above WNW 21° above NE  
Thu Sep 24, 8:10 PM 4 min 49° 36° above WNW 11° above ENE  
Thu Sep 24, 9:46 PM 1 min 28° 19° above NW 28° above NNW  
Fri Sep 25, 8:59 PM 3 min 32° 22° above NW 25° above NE  
Sat Sep 26, 8:12 PM 4 min 35° 26° above NW 12° above ENE  
Sat Sep 26, 9:48 PM < 1 min 27° 20° above NW 27° above NW  
Sun Sep 27, 9:01 PM 2 min 34° 19° above NW 32° above NNE  
Mon Sep 28, 8:14 PM 4 min 32° 22° above NW 13° above ENE  
Mon Sep 28, 9:50 PM < 1 min 26° 18° above WNW 26° above NW  
Tue Sep 29, 9:03 PM 2 min 47° 21° above NW 47° above NNE  
Wed Sep 30, 8:15 PM 4 min 39° 20° above NW 17° above ENE  
Wed Sep 30, 9:52 PM < 1 min 22° 18° above WNW 22° above WNW  
Thu Oct 1, 9:05 PM 1 min 70° 27° above WNW 70° above WNW  
Fri Oct 2, 8:18 PM 3 min 63° 26° above NW 26° above E  
Fri Oct 2, 9:54 PM < 1 min 15° 13° above W 15° above W  
Sat Oct 3, 7:31 PM 4 min 47° 41° above NNW 11° above E  
Sat Oct 3, 9:07 PM 1 min 39° 24° above W 39° above SW  
Sun Oct 4, 8:20 PM 3 min 61° 32° above W 21° above SE  
Mon Oct 5, 7:33 PM 5 min 87° 34° above WNW 10° above ESE  
Mon Oct 5, 9:09 PM 2 min 16° 12° above WSW 15° above SSW  
2020-09-21 18:54:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 8:54 PM,4 min,67°,22° above WSW,21° above NE|2020-09-21 20:31:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 10:31 PM,< 1 min,16°,14° above WNW,16° above WNW|2020-09-22 18:07:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 8:07 PM,5 min,86°,22° above WSW,10° above ENE|2020-09-22 19:44:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 9:44 PM,1 min,34°,22° above WNW,34° above NNW|2020-09-23 18:57:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 8:57 PM,3 min,40°,28° above WNW,21° above NE|2020-09-24 18:10:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 8:10 PM,4 min,49°,36° above WNW,11° above ENE|2020-09-24 19:46:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 9:46 PM,1 min,28°,19° above NW,28° above NNW|2020-09-25 18:59:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 8:59 PM,3 min,32°,22° above NW,25° above NE|2020-09-26 18:12:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 8:12 PM,4 min,35°,26° above NW,12° above ENE|2020-09-26 19:48:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 9:48 PM,< 1 min,27°,20° above NW,27° above NW|2020-09-27 19:01:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 9:01 PM,2 min,34°,19° above NW,32° above NNE|2020-09-28 18:14:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 8:14 PM,4 min,32°,22° above NW,13° above ENE|2020-09-28 19:50:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 9:50 PM,< 1 min,26°,18° above WNW,26° above NW|2020-09-29 19:03:00.0,Tue Sep 29, 9:03 PM,2 min,47°,21° above NW,47° above NNE|2020-09-30 18:15:00.0,Wed Sep 30, 8:15 PM,4 min,39°,20° above NW,17° above ENE|2020-09-30 19:52:00.0,Wed Sep 30, 9:52 PM,< 1 min,22°,18° above WNW,22° above WNW|2020-10-01 19:05:00.0,Thu Oct 1, 9:05 PM,1 min,70°,27° above WNW,70° above WNW|2020-10-02 18:18:00.0,Fri Oct 2, 8:18 PM,3 min,63°,26° above NW,26° above E|2020-10-02 19:54:00.0,Fri Oct 2, 9:54 PM,< 1 min,15°,13° above W,15° above W|2020-10-03 17:31:00.0,Sat Oct 3, 7:31 PM,4 min,47°,41° above NNW,11° above E|2020-10-03 19:07:00.0,Sat Oct 3, 9:07 PM,1 min,39°,24° above W,39° above SW|2020-10-04 18:20:00.0,Sun Oct 4, 8:20 PM,3 min,61°,32° above W,21° above SE|2020-10-05 17:33:00.0,Mon Oct 5, 7:33 PM,5 min,87°,34° above WNW,10° above ESE|2020-10-05 19:09:00.0,Mon Oct 5, 9:09 PM,2 min,16°,12° above WSW,15° above SSW|

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.