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Location: Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Nov 1, 2019 through Thursday Nov 28, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Nov 22, 7:02 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW  
Sat Nov 23, 6:15 PM 2 min 21° 11° above SSW 21° above SSE  
Sun Nov 24, 5:27 PM 3 min 16° 10° above S 15° above ESE  
Sun Nov 24, 7:02 PM 1 min 18° 10° above WSW 18° above SW  
Mon Nov 25, 4:40 PM 1 min 10° 10° above SSE 10° above SE  
Mon Nov 25, 6:14 PM 3 min 44° 12° above SW 44° above SSE  
Tue Nov 26, 5:26 PM 4 min 31° 12° above SSW 20° above E  
Tue Nov 26, 7:03 PM < 1 min 22° 18° above WSW 22° above WSW  
Wed Nov 27, 4:38 PM 5 min 22° 11° above SSW 10° above E  
Wed Nov 27, 6:15 PM 1 min 68° 27° above WSW 68° above SW  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Friday Nov 1, 2019 through Thursday Nov 28, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Nov 1, 5:55 AM 5 min 88° 13° above WSW 32° above ENE  
Sat Nov 2, 3:50 AM < 1 min 16° 16° above E 14° above E  
Sat Nov 2, 5:24 AM 3 min 86° 31° above WSW 29° above E  
Sun Nov 3, 4:53 AM 2 min 80° 73° above SW 24° above E  
Sun Nov 3, 6:27 AM 4 min 77° 10° above W 54° above ENE  
Mon Nov 4, 4:21 AM 1 min 42° 42° above E 19° above E  
Mon Nov 4, 5:55 AM 4 min 76° 17° above W 35° above E  
Tue Nov 5, 3:50 AM < 1 min 16° 16° above E 16° above E  
Tue Nov 5, 5:24 AM 3 min 75° 37° above WNW 29° above E  
Wed Nov 6, 4:53 AM 2 min 76° 75° above N 24° above E  
Wed Nov 6, 6:27 AM 5 min 72° 10° above WNW 42° above SE  
Thu Nov 7, 4:21 AM 1 min 35° 35° above ENE 20° above E  
Thu Nov 7, 5:55 AM 4 min 78° 17° above WNW 35° above ESE  
Fri Nov 8, 3:50 AM < 1 min 17° 17° above E 14° above E  
Fri Nov 8, 5:24 AM 3 min 83° 37° above W 29° above ESE  
Sat Nov 9, 4:53 AM 2 min 70° 70° above ESE 24° above ESE  
Sat Nov 9, 6:27 AM 6 min 32° 11° above W 13° above SSE  
Sun Nov 10, 4:22 AM 1 min 29° 29° above E 17° above E  
Sun Nov 10, 5:56 AM 5 min 36° 19° above W 12° above SE  
Mon Nov 11, 3:50 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above E 11° above E  
Mon Nov 11, 5:24 AM 4 min 41° 35° above WSW 11° above SE  
Tue Nov 12, 4:53 AM 3 min 38° 38° above SSE 10° above SE  
Tue Nov 12, 6:28 AM 3 min 11° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  
Wed Nov 13, 4:22 AM 1 min 18° 18° above SE 10° above SE  
Wed Nov 13, 5:56 AM 3 min 14° 12° above WSW 10° above SSW  
Thu Nov 14, 5:25 AM 2 min 15° 15° above SSW 10° above S  
Fri Nov 15, 4:54 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above S 10° above S  
2019-11-22 19:02:00.0,Fri Nov 22, 7:02 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SW,10° above SW|2019-11-23 18:15:00.0,Sat Nov 23, 6:15 PM,2 min,21°,11° above SSW,21° above SSE|2019-11-24 17:27:00.0,Sun Nov 24, 5:27 PM,3 min,16°,10° above S,15° above ESE|2019-11-24 19:02:00.0,Sun Nov 24, 7:02 PM,1 min,18°,10° above WSW,18° above SW|2019-11-25 16:40:00.0,Mon Nov 25, 4:40 PM,1 min,10°,10° above SSE,10° above SE|2019-11-25 18:14:00.0,Mon Nov 25, 6:14 PM,3 min,44°,12° above SW,44° above SSE|2019-11-26 17:26:00.0,Tue Nov 26, 5:26 PM,4 min,31°,12° above SSW,20° above E|2019-11-26 19:03:00.0,Tue Nov 26, 7:03 PM,< 1 min,22°,18° above WSW,22° above WSW|2019-11-27 16:38:00.0,Wed Nov 27, 4:38 PM,5 min,22°,11° above SSW,10° above E|2019-11-27 18:15:00.0,Wed Nov 27, 6:15 PM,1 min,68°,27° above WSW,68° above SW|

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