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Location: Bristol, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Sep 24, 2021 through Sunday Oct 10, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Sep 24, 7:59 PM 6 min 83° 10° above WSW 13° above E  
Fri Sep 24, 9:36 PM 2 min 47° 10° above W 47° above W  
Sat Sep 25, 8:48 PM 4 min 87° 10° above W 52° above E  
Sat Sep 25, 10:25 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Sun Sep 26, 8:01 PM 6 min 85° 10° above W 17° above E  
Sun Sep 26, 9:38 PM 2 min 32° 10° above W 32° above W  
Mon Sep 27, 8:51 PM 4 min 74° 10° above W 59° above SE  
Tue Sep 28, 8:03 PM 6 min 86° 10° above W 20° above ESE  
Tue Sep 28, 9:40 PM 2 min 24° 10° above W 24° above WSW  
Wed Sep 29, 8:53 PM 3 min 45° 10° above W 44° above S  
Thu Sep 30, 8:05 PM 5 min 59° 10° above W 22° above SE  
Thu Sep 30, 9:43 PM 1 min 14° 10° above W 14° above WSW  
Fri Oct 1, 8:55 PM 3 min 24° 10° above W 24° above SSW  
Sat Oct 2, 8:08 PM 5 min 33° 10° above W 16° above SSE  
Sun Oct 3, 7:20 PM 6 min 45° 10° above W 10° above SE  
Sun Oct 3, 8:58 PM 2 min 12° 10° above WSW 11° above SSW  
Mon Oct 4, 8:10 PM 5 min 17° 10° above W 10° above S  
Tue Oct 5, 7:22 PM 6 min 24° 10° above W 10° above SSE  
Thu Oct 7, 7:26 PM 2 min 12° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  
2021-09-24 18:59:00.0,Fri Sep 24, 7:59 PM,6 min,83°,10° above WSW,13° above E|2021-09-24 20:36:00.0,Fri Sep 24, 9:36 PM,2 min,47°,10° above W,47° above W|2021-09-25 19:48:00.0,Sat Sep 25, 8:48 PM,4 min,87°,10° above W,52° above E|2021-09-25 21:25:00.0,Sat Sep 25, 10:25 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2021-09-26 19:01:00.0,Sun Sep 26, 8:01 PM,6 min,85°,10° above W,17° above E|2021-09-26 20:38:00.0,Sun Sep 26, 9:38 PM,2 min,32°,10° above W,32° above W|2021-09-27 19:51:00.0,Mon Sep 27, 8:51 PM,4 min,74°,10° above W,59° above SE|2021-09-28 19:03:00.0,Tue Sep 28, 8:03 PM,6 min,86°,10° above W,20° above ESE|2021-09-28 20:40:00.0,Tue Sep 28, 9:40 PM,2 min,24°,10° above W,24° above WSW|2021-09-29 19:53:00.0,Wed Sep 29, 8:53 PM,3 min,45°,10° above W,44° above S|2021-09-30 19:05:00.0,Thu Sep 30, 8:05 PM,5 min,59°,10° above W,22° above SE|2021-09-30 20:43:00.0,Thu Sep 30, 9:43 PM,1 min,14°,10° above W,14° above WSW|2021-10-01 19:55:00.0,Fri Oct 1, 8:55 PM,3 min,24°,10° above W,24° above SSW|2021-10-02 19:08:00.0,Sat Oct 2, 8:08 PM,5 min,33°,10° above W,16° above SSE|2021-10-03 18:20:00.0,Sun Oct 3, 7:20 PM,6 min,45°,10° above W,10° above SE|2021-10-03 19:58:00.0,Sun Oct 3, 8:58 PM,2 min,12°,10° above WSW,11° above SSW|2021-10-04 19:10:00.0,Mon Oct 4, 8:10 PM,5 min,17°,10° above W,10° above S|2021-10-05 18:22:00.0,Tue Oct 5, 7:22 PM,6 min,24°,10° above W,10° above SSE|2021-10-07 18:26:00.0,Thu Oct 7, 7:26 PM,2 min,12°,10° above WSW,10° above SSW|

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.