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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 71° 15° above WSW 33° above NE  
Mon Sep 21, 10:31 PM < 1 min 14° 12° above WNW 14° above WNW  
Tue Sep 22, 8:07 PM 6 min 83° 18° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Tue Sep 22, 9:44 PM 1 min 36° 23° above WNW 36° above NNW  
Wed Sep 23, 8:57 PM 3 min 44° 29° above WNW 27° above NE  
Thu Sep 24, 8:10 PM 4 min 54° 37° above WNW 11° above ENE  
Thu Sep 24, 9:46 PM < 1 min 27° 20° above NW 27° above NW  
Fri Sep 25, 9:00 PM 2 min 37° 27° above NW 32° above NNE  
Sat Sep 26, 8:12 PM 4 min 39° 27° above NW 12° above ENE  
Sat Sep 26, 9:49 PM < 1 min 25° 21° above NW 25° above NW  
Sun Sep 27, 9:01 PM 2 min 41° 24° above NW 39° above NNE  
Mon Sep 28, 8:14 PM 4 min 38° 23° above NW 17° above ENE  
Mon Sep 28, 9:50 PM < 1 min 22° 18° above WNW 22° above WNW  
Tue Sep 29, 9:03 PM 1 min 57° 26° above NW 57° above NNW  
Wed Sep 30, 8:16 PM 3 min 48° 25° above NW 23° above ENE  
Wed Sep 30, 9:52 PM < 1 min 17° 14° above WNW 17° above WNW  
Thu Oct 1, 7:29 PM 5 min 41° 24° above NW 10° above E  
Thu Oct 1, 9:05 PM 1 min 64° 27° above WNW 64° above WSW  
Fri Oct 2, 8:18 PM 3 min 81° 27° above WNW 34° above ESE  
Fri Oct 2, 9:54 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Sat Oct 3, 7:31 PM 5 min 61° 26° above NW 12° above E  
Sat Oct 3, 9:07 PM 2 min 30° 18° above W 30° above SW  
Sun Oct 4, 8:20 PM 3 min 46° 30° above W 22° above SSE  
Mon Oct 5, 7:33 PM 4 min 70° 41° above W 10° above SE  
Mon Oct 5, 9:09 PM 2 min 13° 10° above WSW 12° above SW  
2020-09-21 18:54:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 8:54 PM,4 min,71°,15° above WSW,33° above NE|2020-09-21 20:31:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 10:31 PM,< 1 min,14°,12° above WNW,14° above WNW|2020-09-22 18:07:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 8:07 PM,6 min,83°,18° above WSW,10° above ENE|2020-09-22 19:44:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 9:44 PM,1 min,36°,23° above WNW,36° above NNW|2020-09-23 18:57:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 8:57 PM,3 min,44°,29° above WNW,27° above NE|2020-09-24 18:10:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 8:10 PM,4 min,54°,37° above WNW,11° above ENE|2020-09-24 19:46:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 9:46 PM,< 1 min,27°,20° above NW,27° above NW|2020-09-25 19:00:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 9:00 PM,2 min,37°,27° above NW,32° above NNE|2020-09-26 18:12:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 8:12 PM,4 min,39°,27° above NW,12° above ENE|2020-09-26 19:49:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 9:49 PM,< 1 min,25°,21° above NW,25° above NW|2020-09-27 19:01:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 9:01 PM,2 min,41°,24° above NW,39° above NNE|2020-09-28 18:14:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 8:14 PM,4 min,38°,23° above NW,17° above ENE|2020-09-28 19:50:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 9:50 PM,< 1 min,22°,18° above WNW,22° above WNW|2020-09-29 19:03:00.0,Tue Sep 29, 9:03 PM,1 min,57°,26° above NW,57° above NNW|2020-09-30 18:16:00.0,Wed Sep 30, 8:16 PM,3 min,48°,25° above NW,23° above ENE|2020-09-30 19:52:00.0,Wed Sep 30, 9:52 PM,< 1 min,17°,14° above WNW,17° above WNW|2020-10-01 17:29:00.0,Thu Oct 1, 7:29 PM,5 min,41°,24° above NW,10° above E|2020-10-01 19:05:00.0,Thu Oct 1, 9:05 PM,1 min,64°,27° above WNW,64° above WSW|2020-10-02 18:18:00.0,Fri Oct 2, 8:18 PM,3 min,81°,27° above WNW,34° above ESE|2020-10-02 19:54:00.0,Fri Oct 2, 9:54 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2020-10-03 17:31:00.0,Sat Oct 3, 7:31 PM,5 min,61°,26° above NW,12° above E|2020-10-03 19:07:00.0,Sat Oct 3, 9:07 PM,2 min,30°,18° above W,30° above SW|2020-10-04 18:20:00.0,Sun Oct 4, 8:20 PM,3 min,46°,30° above W,22° above SSE|2020-10-05 17:33:00.0,Mon Oct 5, 7:33 PM,4 min,70°,41° above W,10° above SE|2020-10-05 19:09:00.0,Mon Oct 5, 9:09 PM,2 min,13°,10° above WSW,12° above SW|

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.