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Location: Manchester, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Nov 25, 2019 through Friday Dec 20, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Dec 4, 5:26 PM 3 min 62° 37° above WSW 18° above ESE  
Wed Dec 4, 7:02 PM < 1 min 21° 18° above WSW 21° above WSW  
Thu Dec 5, 4:38 PM 4 min 64° 41° above WSW 11° above E  
Thu Dec 5, 6:14 PM 2 min 38° 28° above WSW 36° above S  
Fri Dec 6, 5:26 PM 4 min 48° 36° above WSW 13° above ESE  
Fri Dec 6, 7:02 PM < 1 min 16° 14° above WSW 16° above SW  
Sat Dec 7, 4:38 PM 4 min 56° 39° above WSW 11° above ESE  
Sat Dec 7, 6:14 PM 2 min 23° 21° above SW 17° above S  
Sun Dec 8, 5:26 PM 3 min 31° 30° above SW 10° above SE  
Mon Dec 9, 4:38 PM 4 min 40° 37° above SW 10° above SE  
Mon Dec 9, 6:14 PM 2 min 13° 13° above SW 10° above SSW  
Tue Dec 10, 5:26 PM 2 min 18° 18° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Wed Dec 11, 4:38 PM 3 min 24° 24° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Fri Dec 13, 4:38 PM < 1 min 12° 12° above SSW 10° above S  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Monday Nov 25, 2019 through Friday Dec 20, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Nov 25, 5:59 PM < 1 min 11° 10° above SSE 11° above SSE  
Tue Nov 26, 5:27 PM 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above SE  
Tue Nov 26, 7:02 PM < 1 min 16° 11° above SW 16° above SW  
Wed Nov 27, 6:29 PM 2 min 26° 11° above SW 26° above S  
Thu Nov 28, 5:56 PM 3 min 28° 11° above SSW 27° above SE  
Thu Nov 28, 7:33 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above WSW 12° above WSW  
Fri Nov 29, 5:24 PM 5 min 25° 11° above SSW 17° above ESE  
Fri Nov 29, 7:01 PM 1 min 24° 14° above WSW 24° above WSW  
Sat Nov 30, 4:51 PM 5 min 22° 11° above SSW 11° above E  
Sat Nov 30, 6:29 PM 2 min 48° 20° above WSW 48° above SSW  
Sun Dec 1, 5:57 PM 3 min 52° 24° above SW 42° above ESE  
Sun Dec 1, 7:33 PM < 1 min 14° 14° above W 14° above W  
Mon Dec 2, 5:24 PM 4 min 48° 28° above SW 21° above E  
Mon Dec 2, 7:01 PM < 1 min 30° 20° above W 30° above WSW  
Tue Dec 3, 4:52 PM 5 min 45° 32° above SSW 10° above E  
Tue Dec 3, 6:29 PM 2 min 62° 25° above WSW 62° above SW  
Wed Dec 4, 5:57 PM 3 min 66° 30° above WSW 42° above ESE  
Wed Dec 4, 7:33 PM < 1 min 14° 14° above W 14° above W  
Thu Dec 5, 5:24 PM 4 min 66° 36° above WSW 20° above E  
Thu Dec 5, 7:01 PM < 1 min 27° 20° above W 27° above WSW  
Fri Dec 6, 5:31 PM 2 min 56° 31° above WSW 29° above ESE  

The following DRAGON sightings are possible from Monday Nov 25, 2019 through Friday Dec 20, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Dec 6, 4:23 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above ESE 11° above ESE  
Fri Dec 6, 5:55 PM < 1 min 24° 22° above SW 24° above SSW  
Sat Dec 7, 4:39 PM 4 min 55° 39° above WSW 11° above ESE  
Sat Dec 7, 6:16 PM 2 min 23° 20° above SW 17° above S  

The following PROGRESS sightings are possible from Monday Nov 25, 2019 through Friday Dec 20, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Dec 6, 5:14 PM 3 min 46° 38° above SW 14° above ESE  
Fri Dec 6, 6:48 PM < 1 min 14° 14° above WSW 14° above WSW  
Sat Dec 7, 5:30 PM 3 min 31° 29° above SW 11° above SE  
Sun Dec 8, 5:46 PM 2 min 20° 19° above SW 10° above SSE  
2019-12-04 17:26:00.0,Wed Dec 4, 5:26 PM,3 min,62°,37° above WSW,18° above ESE|2019-12-04 19:02:00.0,Wed Dec 4, 7:02 PM,< 1 min,21°,18° above WSW,21° above WSW|2019-12-05 16:38:00.0,Thu Dec 5, 4:38 PM,4 min,64°,41° above WSW,11° above E|2019-12-05 18:14:00.0,Thu Dec 5, 6:14 PM,2 min,38°,28° above WSW,36° above S|2019-12-06 17:26:00.0,Fri Dec 6, 5:26 PM,4 min,48°,36° above WSW,13° above ESE|2019-12-06 19:02:00.0,Fri Dec 6, 7:02 PM,< 1 min,16°,14° above WSW,16° above SW|2019-12-07 16:38:00.0,Sat Dec 7, 4:38 PM,4 min,56°,39° above WSW,11° above ESE|2019-12-07 18:14:00.0,Sat Dec 7, 6:14 PM,2 min,23°,21° above SW,17° above S|2019-12-08 17:26:00.0,Sun Dec 8, 5:26 PM,3 min,31°,30° above SW,10° above SE|2019-12-09 16:38:00.0,Mon Dec 9, 4:38 PM,4 min,40°,37° above SW,10° above SE|2019-12-09 18:14:00.0,Mon Dec 9, 6:14 PM,2 min,13°,13° above SW,10° above SSW|2019-12-10 17:26:00.0,Tue Dec 10, 5:26 PM,2 min,18°,18° above SSW,10° above SSE|2019-12-11 16:38:00.0,Wed Dec 11, 4:38 PM,3 min,24°,24° above SSW,10° above SSE|2019-12-13 16:38:00.0,Fri Dec 13, 4:38 PM,< 1 min,12°,12° above SSW,10° 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