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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, 9:01 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above S 10° above S  
Sun Sep 23, 8:10 PM 1 min 12° 10° above SSE 12° above SE  
Sun Sep 23, 9:44 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above SW 12° above SW  
Mon Sep 24, 8:53 PM 2 min 27° 11° above SW 27° above S  
Tue Sep 25, 8:02 PM 4 min 21° 11° above SSW 15° above ESE  
Tue Sep 25, 9:37 PM 1 min 22° 10° above WSW 22° above WSW  
Wed Sep 26, 8:45 PM 3 min 44° 10° above SW 44° above SSE  
Thu Sep 27, 7:54 PM 5 min 33° 12° above SW 14° above E  
Thu Sep 27, 9:30 PM 2 min 33° 10° above WSW 33° above WSW  
Fri Sep 28, 8:38 PM 4 min 59° 10° above WSW 52° above SE  
Fri Sep 28, 10:14 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above W 10° above W  
Sat Sep 29, 7:47 PM 5 min 49° 15° above WSW 15° above E  
Sat Sep 29, 9:22 PM 2 min 33° 10° above W 33° above WSW  
Sun Sep 30, 8:32 PM 3 min 67° 22° above WSW 47° above ESE  
Sun Sep 30, 10:07 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Mon Oct 1, 7:40 PM 4 min 62° 27° above WSW 13° above E  
Mon Oct 1, 9:16 PM 2 min 39° 15° above W 39° above WSW  
Tue Oct 2, 8:25 PM 2 min 64° 27° above W 46° above SE  
Tue Oct 2, 10:00 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above W 11° above W  
Wed Oct 3, 7:33 PM 4 min 67° 34° above WSW 13° above E  
Wed Oct 3, 9:08 PM 2 min 33° 14° above W 33° above WSW  
2018-09-22 20:01:00.0,Sat Sep 22, 9:01 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above S,10° above S|2018-09-23 19:10:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 8:10 PM,1 min,12°,10° above SSE,12° above SE|2018-09-23 20:44:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 9:44 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above SW,12° above SW|2018-09-24 19:53:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 8:53 PM,2 min,27°,11° above SW,27° above S|2018-09-25 19:02:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 8:02 PM,4 min,21°,11° above SSW,15° above ESE|2018-09-25 20:37:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 9:37 PM,1 min,22°,10° above WSW,22° above WSW|2018-09-26 19:45:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 8:45 PM,3 min,44°,10° above SW,44° above SSE|2018-09-27 18:54:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 7:54 PM,5 min,33°,12° above SW,14° above E|2018-09-27 20:30:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 9:30 PM,2 min,33°,10° above WSW,33° above WSW|2018-09-28 19:38:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 8:38 PM,4 min,59°,10° above WSW,52° above SE|2018-09-28 21:14:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 10:14 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above W,10° above W|2018-09-29 18:47:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 7:47 PM,5 min,49°,15° above WSW,15° above E|2018-09-29 20:22:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 9:22 PM,2 min,33°,10° above W,33° above WSW|2018-09-30 19:32:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 8:32 PM,3 min,67°,22° above WSW,47° above ESE|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 18:40:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 7:40 PM,4 min,62°,27° above WSW,13° above E|2018-10-01 20:16:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 9:16 PM,2 min,39°,15° above W,39° above WSW|2018-10-02 19:25:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 8:25 PM,2 min,64°,27° above W,46° above SE|2018-10-02 21:00:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 10:00 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above W,11° above W|2018-10-03 18:33:00.0,Wed Oct 3, 7:33 PM,4 min,67°,34° above WSW,13° above E|2018-10-03 20:08:00.0,Wed Oct 3, 9:08 PM,2 min,33°,14° above W,33° above WSW|

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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