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Location: Exeter, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Oct 19, 2018 through Saturday Nov 3, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Oct 27, 6:49 AM 2 min 15° 11° above S 15° above SE  
Sun Oct 28, 6:32 AM < 1 min 12° 10° above SW 12° above SW  
Mon Oct 29, 5:40 AM 3 min 28° 10° above SSW 27° above SE  
Tue Oct 30, 4:50 AM 2 min 18° 16° above SSE 16° above ESE  
Tue Oct 30, 6:24 AM 4 min 69° 10° above WSW 36° above E  
Wed Oct 31, 4:00 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Wed Oct 31, 5:33 AM 3 min 48° 18° above SW 30° above E  
Thu Nov 1, 4:44 AM 1 min 31° 31° above SE 22° above ESE  
Thu Nov 1, 6:16 AM 5 min 85° 10° above W 31° above ENE  
Fri Nov 2, 3:54 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above E 11° above E  
Fri Nov 2, 5:27 AM 2 min 77° 44° above WSW 30° above E  
Sat Nov 3, 4:37 AM < 1 min 33° 33° above E 22° above E  
Sat Nov 3, 6:10 AM 4 min 73° 15° above W 30° above ENE  
2018-10-27 05:49:00.0,Sat Oct 27, 6:49 AM,2 min,15°,11° above S,15° above SE|2018-10-28 06:32:00.0,Sun Oct 28, 6:32 AM,< 1 min,12°,10° above SW,12° above SW|2018-10-29 05:40:00.0,Mon Oct 29, 5:40 AM,3 min,28°,10° above SSW,27° above SE|2018-10-30 04:50:00.0,Tue Oct 30, 4:50 AM,2 min,18°,16° above SSE,16° above ESE|2018-10-30 06:24:00.0,Tue Oct 30, 6:24 AM,4 min,69°,10° above WSW,36° above E|2018-10-31 04:00:00.0,Wed Oct 31, 4:00 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above ESE,10° above ESE|2018-10-31 05:33:00.0,Wed Oct 31, 5:33 AM,3 min,48°,18° above SW,30° above E|2018-11-01 04:44:00.0,Thu Nov 1, 4:44 AM,1 min,31°,31° above SE,22° above ESE|2018-11-01 06:16:00.0,Thu Nov 1, 6:16 AM,5 min,85°,10° above W,31° above ENE|2018-11-02 03:54:00.0,Fri Nov 2, 3:54 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above E,11° above E|2018-11-02 05:27:00.0,Fri Nov 2, 5:27 AM,2 min,77°,44° above WSW,30° above E|2018-11-03 04:37:00.0,Sat Nov 3, 4:37 AM,< 1 min,33°,33° above E,22° above E|2018-11-03 06:10:00.0,Sat Nov 3, 6:10 AM,4 min,73°,15° above W,30° above ENE|

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