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Location: Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Feb 14, 2020 through Tuesday Mar 3, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Feb 21, 6:30 AM 2 min 18° 10° above S 18° above SE  
Sat Feb 22, 5:44 AM 1 min 12° 10° above SSE 12° above SE  
Sun Feb 23, 6:30 AM 4 min 35° 10° above SW 32° above SE  
Mon Feb 24, 5:43 AM 3 min 25° 11° above SSW 22° above ESE  
Tue Feb 25, 4:57 AM 3 min 17° 13° above S 15° above ESE  
Tue Feb 25, 6:32 AM < 1 min 15° 10° above WSW 15° above WSW  
Wed Feb 26, 4:12 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above SE 10° above ESE  
Wed Feb 26, 5:45 AM 4 min 48° 15° above SW 33° above ESE  
Thu Feb 27, 4:59 AM 2 min 35° 30° above S 25° above ESE  
Fri Feb 28, 4:13 AM 1 min 20° 20° above ESE 13° above E  
Fri Feb 28, 5:46 AM 4 min 81° 18° above WSW 34° above E  
Sat Feb 29, 5:00 AM 2 min 65° 50° above SW 31° above E  
Sun Mar 1, 4:15 AM 1 min 32° 32° above ESE 19° above E  
Sun Mar 1, 5:48 AM 4 min 77° 15° above W 34° above ENE  
Mon Mar 2, 3:29 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above E 11° above E  
Mon Mar 2, 5:02 AM 2 min 85° 54° above W 34° above ENE  
Tue Mar 3, 4:16 AM 1 min 42° 42° above E 22° above E  
Tue Mar 3, 5:49 AM 4 min 76° 15° above W 42° above E  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Friday Feb 14, 2020 through Tuesday Mar 3, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Feb 22, 6:12 AM 3 min 18° 10° above S 18° above SE  
Sun Feb 23, 5:41 AM 3 min 16° 11° above S 15° above SE  
Mon Feb 24, 5:09 AM 3 min 14° 10° above S 13° above ESE  
Tue Feb 25, 4:37 AM 3 min 12° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Tue Feb 25, 6:12 AM 4 min 47° 10° above SW 38° above ESE  
Wed Feb 26, 4:07 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above SE  
Wed Feb 26, 5:40 AM 4 min 42° 12° above SW 34° above ESE  
Thu Feb 27, 5:10 AM 3 min 37° 23° above SSW 27° above ESE  
Fri Feb 28, 4:39 AM 2 min 33° 32° above SSE 21° above E  
Fri Feb 28, 6:13 AM 5 min 88° 10° above WSW 35° above ENE  
Sat Feb 29, 4:08 AM 1 min 24° 24° above ESE 14° above E  
Sat Feb 29, 5:42 AM 4 min 86° 17° above WSW 35° above E  
2020-02-21 06:30:00.0,Fri Feb 21, 6:30 AM,2 min,18°,10° above S,18° above SE|2020-02-22 05:44:00.0,Sat Feb 22, 5:44 AM,1 min,12°,10° above SSE,12° above SE|2020-02-23 06:30:00.0,Sun Feb 23, 6:30 AM,4 min,35°,10° above SW,32° above SE|2020-02-24 05:43:00.0,Mon Feb 24, 5:43 AM,3 min,25°,11° above SSW,22° above ESE|2020-02-25 04:57:00.0,Tue Feb 25, 4:57 AM,3 min,17°,13° above S,15° above ESE|2020-02-25 06:32:00.0,Tue Feb 25, 6:32 AM,< 1 min,15°,10° above WSW,15° above WSW|2020-02-26 04:12:00.0,Wed Feb 26, 4:12 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above SE,10° above ESE|2020-02-26 05:45:00.0,Wed Feb 26, 5:45 AM,4 min,48°,15° above SW,33° above ESE|2020-02-27 04:59:00.0,Thu Feb 27, 4:59 AM,2 min,35°,30° above S,25° above ESE|2020-02-28 04:13:00.0,Fri Feb 28, 4:13 AM,1 min,20°,20° above ESE,13° above E|2020-02-28 05:46:00.0,Fri Feb 28, 5:46 AM,4 min,81°,18° above WSW,34° above E|2020-02-29 05:00:00.0,Sat Feb 29, 5:00 AM,2 min,65°,50° above SW,31° above E|2020-03-01 04:15:00.0,Sun Mar 1, 4:15 AM,1 min,32°,32° above ESE,19° above E|2020-03-01 05:48:00.0,Sun Mar 1, 5:48 AM,4 min,77°,15° above W,34° above ENE|2020-03-02 03:29:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 3:29 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above E,11° above E|2020-03-02 05:02:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 5:02 AM,2 min,85°,54° above W,34° above ENE|2020-03-03 04:16:00.0,Tue Mar 3, 4:16 AM,1 min,42°,42° above E,22° above E|2020-03-03 05:49:00.0,Tue Mar 3, 5:49 AM,4 min,76°,15° above W,42° 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.