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The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Oct 14, 2019 through Monday Nov 4, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Oct 23, 7:02 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above SSW  
Thu Oct 24, 6:14 AM 3 min 24° 10° above S 23° above SE  
Fri Oct 25, 5:26 AM 2 min 14° 10° above SSE 13° above ESE  
Fri Oct 25, 7:01 AM 3 min 62° 10° above WSW 62° above WNW  
Sat Oct 26, 6:13 AM 5 min 69° 19° above SW 17° above ENE  
Sun Oct 27, 4:28 AM 1 min 37° 37° above ESE 22° above E  
Sun Oct 27, 6:01 AM 5 min 29° 11° above W 15° above NNE  
Mon Oct 28, 5:14 AM 4 min 44° 34° above WNW 11° above NE  
Tue Oct 29, 4:28 AM 2 min 32° 32° above NE 10° above NE  
Tue Oct 29, 6:01 AM 5 min 18° 10° above WNW 10° above NNE  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Monday Oct 14, 2019 through Monday Nov 4, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Nov 4, 4:28 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above NNE 10° above NNE  
Mon Nov 4, 6:02 AM 4 min 16° 10° above NNW 10° above NE  
2019-10-23 04:02:00.0,Wed Oct 23, 7:02 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSW,10° above SSW|2019-10-24 03:14:00.0,Thu Oct 24, 6:14 AM,3 min,24°,10° above S,23° above SE|2019-10-25 02:26:00.0,Fri Oct 25, 5:26 AM,2 min,14°,10° above SSE,13° above ESE|2019-10-25 04:01:00.0,Fri Oct 25, 7:01 AM,3 min,62°,10° above WSW,62° above WNW|2019-10-26 03:13:00.0,Sat Oct 26, 6:13 AM,5 min,69°,19° above SW,17° above ENE|2019-10-27 02:28:00.0,Sun Oct 27, 4:28 AM,1 min,37°,37° above ESE,22° above E|2019-10-27 04:01:00.0,Sun Oct 27, 6:01 AM,5 min,29°,11° above W,15° above NNE|2019-10-28 03:14:00.0,Mon Oct 28, 5:14 AM,4 min,44°,34° above WNW,11° above NE|2019-10-29 02:28:00.0,Tue Oct 29, 4:28 AM,2 min,32°,32° above NE,10° above NE|2019-10-29 04:01:00.0,Tue Oct 29, 6:01 AM,5 min,18°,10° above WNW,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