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Location: Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Oct 14, 2019 through Monday Nov 4, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Oct 24, 7:23 AM 2 min 22° 11° above SSW 22° above SE  
Fri Oct 25, 6:36 AM 2 min 15° 11° above S 15° above SE  
Sat Oct 26, 7:22 AM 4 min 42° 10° above SW 39° above SE  
Sun Oct 27, 5:33 AM 4 min 30° 10° above SSW 27° above ESE  
Mon Oct 28, 4:47 AM 2 min 20° 19° above SSE 16° above ESE  
Mon Oct 28, 6:21 AM 4 min 76° 10° above WSW 41° above E  
Tue Oct 29, 4:01 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Tue Oct 29, 5:34 AM 3 min 57° 22° above SW 36° above E  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Monday Oct 14, 2019 through Monday Nov 4, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Nov 3, 6:25 AM 3 min 75° 11° above WNW 43° above E  
Mon Nov 4, 5:34 AM 2 min 70° 41° above WNW 32° above E  
2019-10-24 06:23:00.0,Thu Oct 24, 7:23 AM,2 min,22°,11° above SSW,22° above SE|2019-10-25 05:36:00.0,Fri Oct 25, 6:36 AM,2 min,15°,11° above S,15° above SE|2019-10-26 06:22:00.0,Sat Oct 26, 7:22 AM,4 min,42°,10° above SW,39° above SE|2019-10-27 05:33:00.0,Sun Oct 27, 5:33 AM,4 min,30°,10° above SSW,27° above ESE|2019-10-28 04:47:00.0,Mon Oct 28, 4:47 AM,2 min,20°,19° above SSE,16° above ESE|2019-10-28 06:21:00.0,Mon Oct 28, 6:21 AM,4 min,76°,10° above WSW,41° above E|2019-10-29 04:01:00.0,Tue Oct 29, 4:01 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above ESE,10° above ESE|2019-10-29 05:34:00.0,Tue Oct 29, 5:34 AM,3 min,57°,22° above SW,36° 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