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The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Jan 17, 2020 through Tuesday Feb 4, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Jan 22, 7:00 PM 1 min 17° 11° above SSW 17° above S  
Thu Jan 23, 6:12 PM 3 min 17° 10° above S 16° above SE  
Thu Jan 23, 7:47 PM < 1 min 14° 10° above WSW 14° above SW  
Fri Jan 24, 5:26 PM 2 min 12° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Fri Jan 24, 7:00 PM 2 min 32° 10° above SW 32° above SSW  
Sat Jan 25, 6:13 PM 4 min 30° 11° above SW 22° above ESE  
Sat Jan 25, 7:49 PM < 1 min 18° 12° above WSW 18° above WSW  
Sun Jan 26, 5:26 PM 5 min 23° 11° above SSW 11° above E  
Sun Jan 26, 7:03 PM 2 min 54° 21° above WSW 54° above SSW  
Mon Jan 27, 6:16 PM 3 min 48° 25° above SW 28° above ESE  
Mon Jan 27, 7:52 PM < 1 min 18° 18° above W 18° above W  
Tue Jan 28, 5:28 PM 5 min 39° 24° above SSW 10° above E  
Tue Jan 28, 7:05 PM 1 min 62° 27° above WSW 62° above SW  
Wed Jan 29, 6:18 PM 3 min 65° 32° above WSW 26° above E  
Wed Jan 29, 7:53 PM < 1 min 21° 18° above W 21° above W  
Thu Jan 30, 5:30 PM 4 min 58° 39° above SW 12° above E  
Thu Jan 30, 7:06 PM 2 min 62° 26° above W 62° above S  
Fri Jan 31, 6:19 PM 3 min 67° 32° above WSW 27° above ESE  
Fri Jan 31, 7:55 PM < 1 min 19° 16° above W 19° above WSW  
Sat Feb 1, 5:32 PM 4 min 68° 40° above WSW 10° above E  
Sat Feb 1, 7:08 PM 2 min 44° 24° above WSW 44° above SSW  
Sun Feb 2, 6:21 PM 3 min 54° 37° above WSW 17° above ESE  
Sun Feb 2, 7:57 PM < 1 min 17° 14° above WSW 17° above WSW  
Mon Feb 3, 5:34 PM 4 min 62° 39° above WSW 10° above ESE  
Mon Feb 3, 7:10 PM 2 min 27° 20° above WSW 23° above S  
2020-01-22 19:00:00.0,Wed Jan 22, 7:00 PM,1 min,17°,11° above SSW,17° above S|2020-01-23 18:12:00.0,Thu Jan 23, 6:12 PM,3 min,17°,10° above S,16° above SE|2020-01-23 19:47:00.0,Thu Jan 23, 7:47 PM,< 1 min,14°,10° above WSW,14° above SW|2020-01-24 17:26:00.0,Fri Jan 24, 5:26 PM,2 min,12°,10° above SSE,10° above ESE|2020-01-24 19:00:00.0,Fri Jan 24, 7:00 PM,2 min,32°,10° above SW,32° above SSW|2020-01-25 18:13:00.0,Sat Jan 25, 6:13 PM,4 min,30°,11° above SW,22° above ESE|2020-01-25 19:49:00.0,Sat Jan 25, 7:49 PM,< 1 min,18°,12° above WSW,18° above WSW|2020-01-26 17:26:00.0,Sun Jan 26, 5:26 PM,5 min,23°,11° above SSW,11° above E|2020-01-26 19:03:00.0,Sun Jan 26, 7:03 PM,2 min,54°,21° above WSW,54° above SSW|2020-01-27 18:16:00.0,Mon Jan 27, 6:16 PM,3 min,48°,25° above SW,28° above ESE|2020-01-27 19:52:00.0,Mon Jan 27, 7:52 PM,< 1 min,18°,18° above W,18° above W|2020-01-28 17:28:00.0,Tue Jan 28, 5:28 PM,5 min,39°,24° above SSW,10° above E|2020-01-28 19:05:00.0,Tue Jan 28, 7:05 PM,1 min,62°,27° above WSW,62° above SW|2020-01-29 18:18:00.0,Wed Jan 29, 6:18 PM,3 min,65°,32° above WSW,26° above E|2020-01-29 19:53:00.0,Wed Jan 29, 7:53 PM,< 1 min,21°,18° above W,21° above W|2020-01-30 17:30:00.0,Thu Jan 30, 5:30 PM,4 min,58°,39° above SW,12° above E|2020-01-30 19:06:00.0,Thu Jan 30, 7:06 PM,2 min,62°,26° above W,62° above S|2020-01-31 18:19:00.0,Fri Jan 31, 6:19 PM,3 min,67°,32° above WSW,27° above ESE|2020-01-31 19:55:00.0,Fri Jan 31, 7:55 PM,< 1 min,19°,16° above W,19° above WSW|2020-02-01 17:32:00.0,Sat Feb 1, 5:32 PM,4 min,68°,40° above WSW,10° above E|2020-02-01 19:08:00.0,Sat Feb 1, 7:08 PM,2 min,44°,24° above WSW,44° above SSW|2020-02-02 18:21:00.0,Sun Feb 2, 6:21 PM,3 min,54°,37° above WSW,17° above ESE|2020-02-02 19:57:00.0,Sun Feb 2, 7:57 PM,< 1 min,17°,14° above WSW,17° above WSW|2020-02-03 17:34:00.0,Mon Feb 3, 5:34 PM,4 min,62°,39° above WSW,10° above ESE|2020-02-03 19:10:00.0,Mon Feb 3, 7:10 PM,2 min,27°,20° above WSW,23° 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.