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Location: Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Sep 14, 2018 through Sunday Sep 30, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Sep 15, 4:00 AM 1 min 20° 20° above ESE 11° above ESE  
Sat Sep 15, 5:33 AM 4 min 28° 18° above WSW 10° above SSE  
Sun Sep 16, 4:44 AM 2 min 28° 28° above SSE 11° above SE  
Mon Sep 17, 5:27 AM 1 min 15° 15° above SSW 10° above S  
Sat Sep 22, 9:00 PM < 1 min 16° 11° above SSW 16° above SSW  
Sun Sep 23, 8:09 PM 3 min 18° 10° above S 17° above SE  
Sun Sep 23, 9:44 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above WSW 12° above WSW  
Mon Sep 24, 8:52 PM 3 min 42° 10° above SW 42° above S  
Tue Sep 25, 8:00 PM 5 min 31° 10° above SW 19° above E  
Tue Sep 25, 9:36 PM 1 min 22° 10° above WSW 22° above W  
Wed Sep 26, 8:44 PM 4 min 75° 10° above WSW 62° above ESE  
Thu Sep 27, 7:52 PM 6 min 54° 10° above SW 15° above E  
Thu Sep 27, 9:29 PM 1 min 27° 12° above W 27° above W  
Fri Sep 28, 8:38 PM 3 min 81° 22° above W 50° above ENE  
Fri Sep 28, 10:13 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above WNW 10° above WNW  
2018-09-15 03:00:00.0,Sat Sep 15, 4:00 AM,1 min,20°,20° above ESE,11° above ESE|2018-09-15 04:33:00.0,Sat Sep 15, 5:33 AM,4 min,28°,18° above WSW,10° above SSE|2018-09-16 03:44:00.0,Sun Sep 16, 4:44 AM,2 min,28°,28° above SSE,11° above SE|2018-09-17 04:27:00.0,Mon Sep 17, 5:27 AM,1 min,15°,15° above SSW,10° above S|2018-09-22 20:00:00.0,Sat Sep 22, 9:00 PM,< 1 min,16°,11° above SSW,16° above SSW|2018-09-23 19:09:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 8:09 PM,3 min,18°,10° above S,17° above SE|2018-09-23 20:44:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 9:44 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above WSW,12° above WSW|2018-09-24 19:52:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 8:52 PM,3 min,42°,10° above SW,42° above S|2018-09-25 19:00:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 8:00 PM,5 min,31°,10° above SW,19° above E|2018-09-25 20:36:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 9:36 PM,1 min,22°,10° above WSW,22° above W|2018-09-26 19:44:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 8:44 PM,4 min,75°,10° above WSW,62° above ESE|2018-09-27 18:52:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 7:52 PM,6 min,54°,10° above SW,15° above E|2018-09-27 20:29:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 9:29 PM,1 min,27°,12° above W,27° above W|2018-09-28 19:38:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 8:38 PM,3 min,81°,22° above W,50° above ENE|2018-09-28 21:13:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 10:13 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above WNW,10° above WNW|

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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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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.

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