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The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 21, 2020 through Tuesday Oct 6, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Sep 21, 7:53 PM 5 min 34° 10° above SW 15° above E  
Mon Sep 21, 9:29 PM 2 min 34° 10° above W 34° above WSW  
Tue Sep 22, 8:42 PM 4 min 73° 10° above WSW 52° above E  
Tue Sep 22, 10:18 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above W 10° above W  
Wed Sep 23, 7:54 PM 6 min 59° 10° above WSW 17° above E  
Wed Sep 23, 9:31 PM 2 min 33° 10° above W 33° above W  
Thu Sep 24, 8:44 PM 3 min 87° 18° above W 71° above E  
Thu Sep 24, 10:20 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above W 10° above W  
Fri Sep 25, 7:58 PM 4 min 84° 27° above WSW 22° above E  
Fri Sep 25, 9:33 PM 1 min 27° 12° above W 27° above W  
Sat Sep 26, 7:11 PM 4 min 73° 52° above SW 10° above E  
Sat Sep 26, 8:47 PM 2 min 86° 22° above W 86° above SSW  
Sun Sep 27, 8:00 PM 3 min 88° 33° above W 27° above E  
Sun Sep 27, 9:35 PM 1 min 21° 12° above W 21° above W  
Mon Sep 28, 7:13 PM 4 min 87° 42° above W 10° above E  
Mon Sep 28, 8:49 PM 2 min 59° 22° above W 59° above SW  
Tue Sep 29, 8:02 PM 3 min 76° 33° above W 33° above ESE  
Tue Sep 29, 9:37 PM < 1 min 15° 11° above W 15° above W  
Wed Sep 30, 7:15 PM 4 min 86° 42° above W 10° above E  
Wed Sep 30, 8:50 PM 2 min 34° 17° above W 34° above SW  
Thu Oct 1, 8:04 PM 3 min 49° 30° above W 28° above SE  
Fri Oct 2, 7:17 PM 4 min 63° 40° above W 12° above ESE  
Fri Oct 2, 8:52 PM 2 min 19° 12° above W 19° above SW  
Sat Oct 3, 8:06 PM 3 min 27° 20° above WSW 18° above SSE  
Sun Oct 4, 7:19 PM 4 min 37° 31° above WSW 12° above SE  
Mon Oct 5, 8:07 PM 3 min 13° 11° above WSW 10° above S  
2020-09-21 18:53:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 7:53 PM,5 min,34°,10° above SW,15° above E|2020-09-21 20:29:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 9:29 PM,2 min,34°,10° above W,34° above WSW|2020-09-22 19:42:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 8:42 PM,4 min,73°,10° above WSW,52° above E|2020-09-22 21:18:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 10:18 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above W,10° above W|2020-09-23 18:54:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 7:54 PM,6 min,59°,10° above WSW,17° above E|2020-09-23 20:31:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 9:31 PM,2 min,33°,10° above W,33° above W|2020-09-24 19:44:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 8:44 PM,3 min,87°,18° above W,71° above E|2020-09-24 21:20:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 10:20 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above W,10° above W|2020-09-25 18:58:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 7:58 PM,4 min,84°,27° above WSW,22° above E|2020-09-25 20:33:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 9:33 PM,1 min,27°,12° above W,27° above W|2020-09-26 18:11:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 7:11 PM,4 min,73°,52° above SW,10° above E|2020-09-26 19:47:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 8:47 PM,2 min,86°,22° above W,86° above SSW|2020-09-27 19:00:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 8:00 PM,3 min,88°,33° above W,27° above E|2020-09-27 20:35:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 9:35 PM,1 min,21°,12° above W,21° above W|2020-09-28 18:13:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 7:13 PM,4 min,87°,42° above W,10° above E|2020-09-28 19:49:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 8:49 PM,2 min,59°,22° above W,59° above SW|2020-09-29 19:02:00.0,Tue Sep 29, 8:02 PM,3 min,76°,33° above W,33° above ESE|2020-09-29 20:37:00.0,Tue Sep 29, 9:37 PM,< 1 min,15°,11° above W,15° above W|2020-09-30 18:15:00.0,Wed Sep 30, 7:15 PM,4 min,86°,42° above W,10° above E|2020-09-30 19:50:00.0,Wed Sep 30, 8:50 PM,2 min,34°,17° above W,34° above SW|2020-10-01 19:04:00.0,Thu Oct 1, 8:04 PM,3 min,49°,30° above W,28° above SE|2020-10-02 18:17:00.0,Fri Oct 2, 7:17 PM,4 min,63°,40° above W,12° above ESE|2020-10-02 19:52:00.0,Fri Oct 2, 8:52 PM,2 min,19°,12° above W,19° above SW|2020-10-03 19:06:00.0,Sat Oct 3, 8:06 PM,3 min,27°,20° above WSW,18° above SSE|2020-10-04 18:19:00.0,Sun Oct 4, 7:19 PM,4 min,37°,31° above WSW,12° above SE|2020-10-05 19:07:00.0,Mon Oct 5, 8:07 PM,3 min,13°,11° above WSW,10° above S|

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.