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Location: Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Dec 11, 2019 through Friday Dec 27, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Dec 12, 5:26 PM 1 min 15° 15° above SSW 10° above S  
Fri Dec 20, 7:43 AM < 1 min 12° 11° above S 12° above S  
Sat Dec 21, 6:55 AM < 1 min 12° 10° above SSE 12° above SSE  
Sun Dec 22, 7:41 AM 3 min 37° 10° above SW 37° above S  
Mon Dec 23, 6:53 AM 3 min 27° 10° above SSW 27° above SE  
Tue Dec 24, 6:05 AM 3 min 19° 10° above S 18° above SE  
Tue Dec 24, 7:41 AM 4 min 72° 10° above WSW 38° above E  
Wed Dec 25, 5:19 AM 2 min 12° 11° above SSE 11° above ESE  
Wed Dec 25, 6:52 AM 4 min 53° 10° above SW 33° above E  
Thu Dec 26, 6:06 AM 3 min 37° 24° above SSW 26° above ESE  
Thu Dec 26, 7:40 AM 5 min 78° 10° above W 21° above ENE  
2019-12-12 17:26:00.0,Thu Dec 12, 5:26 PM,1 min,15°,15° above SSW,10° above S|2019-12-20 07:43:00.0,Fri Dec 20, 7:43 AM,< 1 min,12°,11° above S,12° above S|2019-12-21 06:55:00.0,Sat Dec 21, 6:55 AM,< 1 min,12°,10° above SSE,12° above SSE|2019-12-22 07:41:00.0,Sun Dec 22, 7:41 AM,3 min,37°,10° above SW,37° above S|2019-12-23 06:53:00.0,Mon Dec 23, 6:53 AM,3 min,27°,10° above SSW,27° above SE|2019-12-24 06:05:00.0,Tue Dec 24, 6:05 AM,3 min,19°,10° above S,18° above SE|2019-12-24 07:41:00.0,Tue Dec 24, 7:41 AM,4 min,72°,10° above WSW,38° above E|2019-12-25 05:19:00.0,Wed Dec 25, 5:19 AM,2 min,12°,11° above SSE,11° above ESE|2019-12-25 06:52:00.0,Wed Dec 25, 6:52 AM,4 min,53°,10° above SW,33° above E|2019-12-26 06:06:00.0,Thu Dec 26, 6:06 AM,3 min,37°,24° above SSW,26° above ESE|2019-12-26 07:40:00.0,Thu Dec 26, 7:40 AM,5 min,78°,10° above W,21° 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