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The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Jan 15, 2020 through Friday Jan 31, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Jan 18, 7:24 PM < 1 min 13° 11° above SSW 13° above SSW  
Sun Jan 19, 6:37 PM 2 min 24° 11° above S 24° above SSE  
Mon Jan 20, 5:50 PM 3 min 15° 11° above SSE 11° above E  
Mon Jan 20, 7:25 PM 1 min 27° 15° above WSW 27° above WSW  
Tue Jan 21, 6:38 PM 3 min 77° 19° above SW 64° above E  
Wed Jan 22, 5:49 PM 5 min 42° 13° above SSW 14° above ENE  
Wed Jan 22, 7:27 PM < 1 min 20° 15° above WNW 20° above WNW  
Thu Jan 23, 6:40 PM 2 min 40° 28° above WNW 29° above NNE  
Fri Jan 24, 5:52 PM 4 min 64° 40° above W 12° above NE  
Fri Jan 24, 7:29 PM < 1 min 14° 11° above NW 14° above NW  
Sat Jan 25, 6:41 PM 3 min 21° 14° above WNW 18° above N  
Sun Jan 26, 5:54 PM 4 min 28° 20° above WNW 10° above NE  
Sun Jan 26, 7:31 PM < 1 min 11° 10° above NW 11° above NNW  
Mon Jan 27, 6:43 PM 3 min 15° 10° above NW 14° above N  
Tue Jan 28, 5:55 PM 5 min 17° 10° above WNW 10° above NNE  
Wed Jan 29, 6:46 PM 2 min 13° 10° above NNW 13° above N  
2020-01-18 17:24:00.0,Sat Jan 18, 7:24 PM,< 1 min,13°,11° above SSW,13° above SSW|2020-01-19 16:37:00.0,Sun Jan 19, 6:37 PM,2 min,24°,11° above S,24° above SSE|2020-01-20 15:50:00.0,Mon Jan 20, 5:50 PM,3 min,15°,11° above SSE,11° above E|2020-01-20 17:25:00.0,Mon Jan 20, 7:25 PM,1 min,27°,15° above WSW,27° above WSW|2020-01-21 16:38:00.0,Tue Jan 21, 6:38 PM,3 min,77°,19° above SW,64° above E|2020-01-22 15:49:00.0,Wed Jan 22, 5:49 PM,5 min,42°,13° above SSW,14° above ENE|2020-01-22 17:27:00.0,Wed Jan 22, 7:27 PM,< 1 min,20°,15° above WNW,20° above WNW|2020-01-23 16:40:00.0,Thu Jan 23, 6:40 PM,2 min,40°,28° above WNW,29° above NNE|2020-01-24 15:52:00.0,Fri Jan 24, 5:52 PM,4 min,64°,40° above W,12° above NE|2020-01-24 17:29:00.0,Fri Jan 24, 7:29 PM,< 1 min,14°,11° above NW,14° above NW|2020-01-25 16:41:00.0,Sat Jan 25, 6:41 PM,3 min,21°,14° above WNW,18° above N|2020-01-26 15:54:00.0,Sun Jan 26, 5:54 PM,4 min,28°,20° above WNW,10° above NE|2020-01-26 17:31:00.0,Sun Jan 26, 7:31 PM,< 1 min,11°,10° above NW,11° above NNW|2020-01-27 16:43:00.0,Mon Jan 27, 6:43 PM,3 min,15°,10° above NW,14° above N|2020-01-28 15:55:00.0,Tue Jan 28, 5:55 PM,5 min,17°,10° above WNW,10° above NNE|2020-01-29 16:46:00.0,Wed Jan 29, 6:46 PM,2 min,13°,10° above NNW,13° above N|

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.