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Location: Barnstaple, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Sep 19, 2018 through Thursday Oct 4, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Sep 22, 9:00 PM < 1 min 15° 11° above SSW 15° above S  
Sun Sep 23, 8:09 PM 2 min 15° 11° above S 14° above SE  
Sun Sep 23, 9:44 PM < 1 min 15° 10° above WSW 15° above SW  
Mon Sep 24, 8:52 PM 3 min 39° 10° above SW 39° above SSE  
Tue Sep 25, 8:01 PM 5 min 26° 11° above SSW 14° above E  
Tue Sep 25, 9:37 PM 2 min 28° 10° above WSW 28° above WSW  
Wed Sep 26, 8:45 PM 4 min 64° 10° above WSW 55° above ESE  
Wed Sep 26, 10:21 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above W 10° above W  
Thu Sep 27, 7:53 PM 6 min 45° 10° above SW 14° above E  
Thu Sep 27, 9:29 PM 2 min 34° 10° above W 34° above W  
Fri Sep 28, 8:39 PM 3 min 87° 22° above WSW 51° above E  
Fri Sep 28, 10:14 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Sat Sep 29, 7:47 PM 4 min 72° 27° above WSW 13° above E  
Sat Sep 29, 9:23 PM 1 min 43° 18° above W 43° above WNW  
Sun Sep 30, 8:32 PM 3 min 79° 27° above W 39° above ENE  
Sun Sep 30, 10:07 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Mon Oct 1, 7:41 PM 4 min 86° 44° above W 11° above E  
Mon Oct 1, 9:16 PM 1 min 44° 22° above W 44° above W  
Tue Oct 2, 8:25 PM 2 min 81° 34° above WNW 40° above E  
Tue Oct 2, 10:00 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Wed Oct 3, 7:33 PM 4 min 78° 43° above W 11° above E  
Wed Oct 3, 9:09 PM 1 min 41° 22° above W 41° above W  
2018-09-22 20:00:00.0,Sat Sep 22, 9:00 PM,< 1 min,15°,11° above SSW,15° above S|2018-09-23 19:09:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 8:09 PM,2 min,15°,11° above S,14° above SE|2018-09-23 20:44:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 9:44 PM,< 1 min,15°,10° above WSW,15° above SW|2018-09-24 19:52:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 8:52 PM,3 min,39°,10° above SW,39° above SSE|2018-09-25 19:01:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 8:01 PM,5 min,26°,11° above SSW,14° above E|2018-09-25 20:37:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 9:37 PM,2 min,28°,10° above WSW,28° above WSW|2018-09-26 19:45:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 8:45 PM,4 min,64°,10° above WSW,55° above ESE|2018-09-26 21:21:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 10:21 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above W,10° above W|2018-09-27 18:53:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 7:53 PM,6 min,45°,10° above SW,14° above E|2018-09-27 20:29:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 9:29 PM,2 min,34°,10° above W,34° above W|2018-09-28 19:39:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 8:39 PM,3 min,87°,22° above WSW,51° above E|2018-09-28 21:14:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 10:14 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2018-09-29 18:47:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 7:47 PM,4 min,72°,27° above WSW,13° above E|2018-09-29 20:23:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 9:23 PM,1 min,43°,18° above W,43° above WNW|2018-09-30 19:32:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 8:32 PM,3 min,79°,27° above W,39° above ENE|2018-09-30 21:07:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 10:07 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2018-10-01 18:41:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 7:41 PM,4 min,86°,44° above W,11° above E|2018-10-01 20:16:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 9:16 PM,1 min,44°,22° above W,44° above W|2018-10-02 19:25:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 8:25 PM,2 min,81°,34° above WNW,40° above E|2018-10-02 21:00:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 10:00 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2018-10-03 18:33:00.0,Wed Oct 3, 7:33 PM,4 min,78°,43° above W,11° above E|2018-10-03 20:09:00.0,Wed Oct 3, 9:09 PM,1 min,41°,22° above W,41° above W|

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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