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Location: Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 26, 2022 through Tuesday Oct 11, 2022

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Sep 26, 8:19 PM 5 min 78° 10° above W 36° above ESE  
Mon Sep 26, 9:56 PM 1 min 15° 10° above W 15° above W  
Tue Sep 27, 7:31 PM 6 min 87° 10° above W 13° above E  
Tue Sep 27, 9:07 PM 3 min 35° 10° above W 35° above WSW  
Wed Sep 28, 8:19 PM 5 min 53° 10° above W 32° above SE  
Thu Sep 29, 7:30 PM 6 min 68° 10° above W 12° above ESE  
Thu Sep 29, 9:07 PM 2 min 21° 10° above W 21° above SW  
Fri Sep 30, 8:18 PM 4 min 31° 10° above W 23° above S  
Sat Oct 1, 7:29 PM 6 min 42° 10° above W 10° above SE  
Sat Oct 1, 9:08 PM 1 min 11° 10° above WSW 11° above SW  
Sun Oct 2, 8:19 PM 4 min 16° 10° above W 11° above S  
Mon Oct 3, 7:30 PM 5 min 23° 10° above W 10° above SSE  
Wed Oct 5, 7:32 PM 2 min 12° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  
2022-09-26 19:19:00.0,Mon Sep 26, 8:19 PM,5 min,78°,10° above W,36° above ESE|2022-09-26 20:56:00.0,Mon Sep 26, 9:56 PM,1 min,15°,10° above W,15° above W|2022-09-27 18:31:00.0,Tue Sep 27, 7:31 PM,6 min,87°,10° above W,13° above E|2022-09-27 20:07:00.0,Tue Sep 27, 9:07 PM,3 min,35°,10° above W,35° above WSW|2022-09-28 19:19:00.0,Wed Sep 28, 8:19 PM,5 min,53°,10° above W,32° above SE|2022-09-29 18:30:00.0,Thu Sep 29, 7:30 PM,6 min,68°,10° above W,12° above ESE|2022-09-29 20:07:00.0,Thu Sep 29, 9:07 PM,2 min,21°,10° above W,21° above SW|2022-09-30 19:18:00.0,Fri Sep 30, 8:18 PM,4 min,31°,10° above W,23° above S|2022-10-01 18:29:00.0,Sat Oct 1, 7:29 PM,6 min,42°,10° above W,10° above SE|2022-10-01 20:08:00.0,Sat Oct 1, 9:08 PM,1 min,11°,10° above WSW,11° above SW|2022-10-02 19:19:00.0,Sun Oct 2, 8:19 PM,4 min,16°,10° above W,11° above S|2022-10-03 18:30:00.0,Mon Oct 3, 7:30 PM,5 min,23°,10° above W,10° above SSE|2022-10-05 18:32:00.0,Wed Oct 5, 7:32 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.