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The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Feb 14, 2020 through Tuesday Mar 3, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Feb 20, 6:07 AM 3 min 24° 11° above S 24° above SE  
Fri Feb 21, 5:21 AM 2 min 14° 10° above SSE 14° above SE  
Sat Feb 22, 6:08 AM 6 min 74° 10° above SW 17° above ENE  
Sun Feb 23, 5:21 AM 3 min 41° 19° above SSW 31° above E  
Mon Feb 24, 4:36 AM 1 min 24° 24° above SE 17° above E  
Mon Feb 24, 6:09 AM 6 min 41° 10° above WSW 10° above NE  
Tue Feb 25, 5:24 AM 4 min 65° 41° above W 12° above NE  
Wed Feb 26, 4:38 AM 1 min 38° 38° above ENE 17° above ENE  
Wed Feb 26, 6:12 AM 5 min 21° 10° above WNW 11° above NNE  
Thu Feb 27, 5:26 AM 4 min 28° 26° above NW 10° above NE  
Fri Feb 28, 4:40 AM 2 min 25° 25° above NNE 10° above NE  
Fri Feb 28, 6:15 AM 4 min 15° 10° above NW 11° above NNE  
Sat Feb 29, 5:28 AM 3 min 17° 15° above NW 10° above NNE  
Sun Mar 1, 4:42 AM 1 min 18° 18° above N 11° above NNE  
Mon Mar 2, 3:56 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above NE 10° above NE  
Mon Mar 2, 5:29 AM 3 min 13° 11° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Tue Mar 3, 4:43 AM 1 min 14° 14° above N 11° above NNE  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Friday Feb 14, 2020 through Tuesday Mar 3, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Feb 20, 6:05 AM 3 min 21° 10° above S 21° above SE  
Fri Feb 21, 5:33 AM 2 min 17° 11° above S 17° above SE  
Sat Feb 22, 5:01 AM 2 min 14° 10° above SSE 14° above ESE  
Sun Feb 23, 4:30 AM 2 min 11° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Sun Feb 23, 6:05 AM 7 min 87° 10° above SW 11° above NE  
Mon Feb 24, 5:33 AM 5 min 77° 18° above SW 18° above ENE  
Tue Feb 25, 5:03 AM 3 min 62° 47° above SSW 21° above ENE  
Wed Feb 26, 4:32 AM 1 min 38° 38° above E 19° above ENE  
Wed Feb 26, 6:07 AM 6 min 28° 11° above W 11° above NE  
Thu Feb 27, 4:02 AM < 1 min 17° 17° above ENE 14° above ENE  
Thu Feb 27, 5:36 AM 4 min 31° 23° above WNW 11° above NE  
Fri Feb 28, 5:05 AM 3 min 35° 35° above NNW 10° above NE  
Sat Feb 29, 4:34 AM 2 min 29° 29° above NNE 11° above NE  
Sat Feb 29, 6:09 AM 4 min 16° 10° above NW 11° above NNE  
2020-02-20 04:07:00.0,Thu Feb 20, 6:07 AM,3 min,24°,11° above S,24° above SE|2020-02-21 03:21:00.0,Fri Feb 21, 5:21 AM,2 min,14°,10° above SSE,14° above SE|2020-02-22 04:08:00.0,Sat Feb 22, 6:08 AM,6 min,74°,10° above SW,17° above ENE|2020-02-23 03:21:00.0,Sun Feb 23, 5:21 AM,3 min,41°,19° above SSW,31° above E|2020-02-24 02:36:00.0,Mon Feb 24, 4:36 AM,1 min,24°,24° above SE,17° above E|2020-02-24 04:09:00.0,Mon Feb 24, 6:09 AM,6 min,41°,10° above WSW,10° above NE|2020-02-25 03:24:00.0,Tue Feb 25, 5:24 AM,4 min,65°,41° above W,12° above NE|2020-02-26 02:38:00.0,Wed Feb 26, 4:38 AM,1 min,38°,38° above ENE,17° above ENE|2020-02-26 04:12:00.0,Wed Feb 26, 6:12 AM,5 min,21°,10° above WNW,11° above NNE|2020-02-27 03:26:00.0,Thu Feb 27, 5:26 AM,4 min,28°,26° above NW,10° above NE|2020-02-28 02:40:00.0,Fri Feb 28, 4:40 AM,2 min,25°,25° above NNE,10° above NE|2020-02-28 04:15:00.0,Fri Feb 28, 6:15 AM,4 min,15°,10° above NW,11° above NNE|2020-02-29 03:28:00.0,Sat Feb 29, 5:28 AM,3 min,17°,15° above NW,10° above NNE|2020-03-01 02:42:00.0,Sun Mar 1, 4:42 AM,1 min,18°,18° above N,11° above NNE|2020-03-02 01:56:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 3:56 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NE,10° above NE|2020-03-02 03:29:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 5:29 AM,3 min,13°,11° above NNW,10° above NNE|2020-03-03 02:43:00.0,Tue Mar 3, 4:43 AM,1 min,14°,14° above N,11° 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 chart. Click the link for a detailed description of the astronomical horizon and sighting alert messages.