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Location: Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Nov 29, 2021 through Friday Dec 17, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Dec 1, 5:42 PM 5 min 86° 10° above WNW 36° above E  
Wed Dec 1, 7:19 PM 1 min 13° 10° above W 13° above W  
Thu Dec 2, 4:55 PM 7 min 78° 10° above W 11° above E  
Thu Dec 2, 6:32 PM 3 min 42° 10° above W 42° above WSW  
Fri Dec 3, 5:45 PM 5 min 63° 10° above WNW 29° above SE  
Fri Dec 3, 7:22 PM 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above WSW  
Sat Dec 4, 4:58 PM 7 min 80° 10° above WNW 10° above ESE  
Sat Dec 4, 6:35 PM 3 min 24° 10° above W 24° above SSW  
Sun Dec 5, 5:47 PM 6 min 33° 10° above W 14° above SSE  
Mon Dec 6, 5:00 PM 7 min 46° 10° above W 10° above SE  
Mon Dec 6, 6:39 PM 2 min 11° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  
Tue Dec 7, 5:50 PM 4 min 17° 10° above W 10° above S  
Wed Dec 8, 5:03 PM 6 min 24° 10° above W 10° above SSE  
Fri Dec 10, 5:07 PM 2 min 11° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  

The following Cygnus sightings are possible from Monday Nov 29, 2021 through Friday Dec 17, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Nov 29, 5:59 PM 4 min 77° 10° above W 62° above ENE  
Mon Nov 29, 7:36 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above WNW 12° above W  
Tue Nov 30, 5:24 PM 6 min 75° 10° above W 25° above E  
Tue Nov 30, 7:02 PM 2 min 26° 10° above WNW 26° above W  
Wed Dec 1, 4:50 PM 7 min 75° 10° above W 11° above E  
Wed Dec 1, 6:28 PM 3 min 63° 10° above WNW 63° above WSW  
Thu Dec 2, 5:53 PM 5 min 78° 10° above WNW 45° above ESE  
Thu Dec 2, 7:31 PM 1 min 13° 10° above W 13° above W  
Fri Dec 3, 5:19 PM 6 min 85° 10° above WNW 17° above ESE  
Fri Dec 3, 6:57 PM 2 min 25° 10° above W 25° above WSW  
Sat Dec 4, 4:44 PM 7 min 89° 10° above WNW 10° above ESE  
Sat Dec 4, 6:22 PM 4 min 33° 10° above W 30° above S  
Sun Dec 5, 5:48 PM 6 min 38° 10° above W 16° above SSE  
Mon Dec 6, 5:13 PM 7 min 44° 10° above W 10° above SE  
Mon Dec 6, 6:53 PM 2 min 11° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  
Tue Dec 7, 4:39 PM 7 min 51° 10° above W 10° above SE  
Tue Dec 7, 6:18 PM 4 min 13° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  
Wed Dec 8, 5:43 PM 5 min 16° 10° above W 10° above S  
Thu Dec 9, 5:08 PM 5 min 19° 10° above W 10° above S  
Fri Dec 10, 4:34 PM 6 min 22° 10° above W 10° above SSE  
2021-12-01 17:42:00.0,Wed Dec 1, 5:42 PM,5 min,86°,10° above WNW,36° above E|2021-12-01 19:19:00.0,Wed Dec 1, 7:19 PM,1 min,13°,10° above W,13° above W|2021-12-02 16:55:00.0,Thu Dec 2, 4:55 PM,7 min,78°,10° above W,11° above E|2021-12-02 18:32:00.0,Thu Dec 2, 6:32 PM,3 min,42°,10° above W,42° above WSW|2021-12-03 17:45:00.0,Fri Dec 3, 5:45 PM,5 min,63°,10° above WNW,29° above SE|2021-12-03 19:22:00.0,Fri Dec 3, 7:22 PM,1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above WSW|2021-12-04 16:58:00.0,Sat Dec 4, 4:58 PM,7 min,80°,10° above WNW,10° above ESE|2021-12-04 18:35:00.0,Sat Dec 4, 6:35 PM,3 min,24°,10° above W,24° above SSW|2021-12-05 17:47:00.0,Sun Dec 5, 5:47 PM,6 min,33°,10° above W,14° above SSE|2021-12-06 17:00:00.0,Mon Dec 6, 5:00 PM,7 min,46°,10° above W,10° above SE|2021-12-06 18:39:00.0,Mon Dec 6, 6:39 PM,2 min,11°,10° above WSW,10° above SSW|2021-12-07 17:50:00.0,Tue Dec 7, 5:50 PM,4 min,17°,10° above W,10° above S|2021-12-08 17:03:00.0,Wed Dec 8, 5:03 PM,6 min,24°,10° above W,10° above SSE|2021-12-10 17:07:00.0,Fri Dec 10, 5:07 PM,2 min,11°,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.