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Location: Luton, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Jan 15, 2020 through Friday Jan 31, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Jan 21, 6:13 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSE 10° above SSE  
Wed Jan 22, 6:59 PM 1 min 22° 11° above SSW 22° above SSW  
Thu Jan 23, 6:12 PM 3 min 23° 11° above SSW 22° above SE  
Thu Jan 23, 7:47 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above WSW 12° above WSW  
Fri Jan 24, 5:25 PM 4 min 16° 10° above S 10° above ESE  
Fri Jan 24, 7:01 PM 2 min 38° 15° above WSW 38° above SW  
Sat Jan 25, 6:14 PM 3 min 42° 17° above SW 30° above ESE  
Sat Jan 25, 7:50 PM < 1 min 15° 15° above W 15° above W  
Sun Jan 26, 5:26 PM 5 min 31° 16° above SSW 10° above E  
Sun Jan 26, 7:03 PM 1 min 53° 22° above WSW 53° above WSW  
Mon Jan 27, 6:16 PM 3 min 68° 33° above WSW 33° above E  
Tue Jan 28, 5:29 PM 4 min 55° 31° above SW 11° above E  
Tue Jan 28, 7:05 PM 1 min 54° 27° above W 54° above W  
Wed Jan 29, 6:18 PM 3 min 86° 33° above W 34° above E  
2020-01-21 18:13:00.0,Tue Jan 21, 6:13 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSE,10° above SSE|2020-01-22 18:59:00.0,Wed Jan 22, 6:59 PM,1 min,22°,11° above SSW,22° above SSW|2020-01-23 18:12:00.0,Thu Jan 23, 6:12 PM,3 min,23°,11° above SSW,22° above SE|2020-01-23 19:47:00.0,Thu Jan 23, 7:47 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above WSW,12° above WSW|2020-01-24 17:25:00.0,Fri Jan 24, 5:25 PM,4 min,16°,10° above S,10° above ESE|2020-01-24 19:01:00.0,Fri Jan 24, 7:01 PM,2 min,38°,15° above WSW,38° above SW|2020-01-25 18:14:00.0,Sat Jan 25, 6:14 PM,3 min,42°,17° above SW,30° above ESE|2020-01-25 19:50:00.0,Sat Jan 25, 7:50 PM,< 1 min,15°,15° above W,15° above W|2020-01-26 17:26:00.0,Sun Jan 26, 5:26 PM,5 min,31°,16° above SSW,10° above E|2020-01-26 19:03:00.0,Sun Jan 26, 7:03 PM,1 min,53°,22° above WSW,53° above WSW|2020-01-27 18:16:00.0,Mon Jan 27, 6:16 PM,3 min,68°,33° above WSW,33° above E|2020-01-28 17:29:00.0,Tue Jan 28, 5:29 PM,4 min,55°,31° above SW,11° above E|2020-01-28 19:05:00.0,Tue Jan 28, 7:05 PM,1 min,54°,27° above W,54° above W|2020-01-29 18:18:00.0,Wed Jan 29, 6:18 PM,3 min,86°,33° above W,34° above E|

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.