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Location: Whitby, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Sep 19, 2018 through Thursday Oct 4, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sun Sep 23, 8:11 PM < 1 min 11° 10° above SSE 11° above SSE  
Mon Sep 24, 8:54 PM 1 min 21° 11° above SSW 21° above SSW  
Tue Sep 25, 8:02 PM 3 min 20° 11° above SSW 17° above SE  
Tue Sep 25, 9:37 PM 1 min 17° 10° above WSW 17° above WSW  
Wed Sep 26, 8:46 PM 3 min 37° 10° above SW 37° above SSE  
Thu Sep 27, 7:54 PM 4 min 30° 11° above SW 18° above ESE  
Thu Sep 27, 9:30 PM 1 min 21° 10° above WSW 21° above WSW  
Fri Sep 28, 8:38 PM 3 min 47° 10° above WSW 47° above SSE  
Sat Sep 29, 7:46 PM 5 min 41° 10° above WSW 17° above ESE  
Sat Sep 29, 9:23 PM 2 min 26° 10° above W 26° above WSW  
Sun Sep 30, 8:32 PM 3 min 51° 15° above WSW 46° above SSE  
Mon Oct 1, 7:40 PM 4 min 49° 21° above WSW 18° above ESE  
Mon Oct 1, 9:15 PM 2 min 24° 10° above W 24° above WSW  
Tue Oct 2, 8:25 PM 3 min 47° 18° above WSW 43° above SSE  
Wed Oct 3, 7:33 PM 4 min 51° 26° above WSW 15° above ESE  
Wed Oct 3, 9:08 PM 2 min 24° 11° above W 24° above SW  
2018-09-23 19:11:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 8:11 PM,< 1 min,11°,10° above SSE,11° above SSE|2018-09-24 19:54:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 8:54 PM,1 min,21°,11° above SSW,21° above SSW|2018-09-25 19:02:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 8:02 PM,3 min,20°,11° above SSW,17° above SE|2018-09-25 20:37:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 9:37 PM,1 min,17°,10° above WSW,17° above WSW|2018-09-26 19:46:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 8:46 PM,3 min,37°,10° above SW,37° above SSE|2018-09-27 18:54:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 7:54 PM,4 min,30°,11° above SW,18° above ESE|2018-09-27 20:30:00.0,Thu Sep 27, 9:30 PM,1 min,21°,10° above WSW,21° above WSW|2018-09-28 19:38:00.0,Fri Sep 28, 8:38 PM,3 min,47°,10° above WSW,47° above SSE|2018-09-29 18:46:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 7:46 PM,5 min,41°,10° above WSW,17° above ESE|2018-09-29 20:23:00.0,Sat Sep 29, 9:23 PM,2 min,26°,10° above W,26° above WSW|2018-09-30 19:32:00.0,Sun Sep 30, 8:32 PM,3 min,51°,15° above WSW,46° above SSE|2018-10-01 18:40:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 7:40 PM,4 min,49°,21° above WSW,18° above ESE|2018-10-01 20:15:00.0,Mon Oct 1, 9:15 PM,2 min,24°,10° above W,24° above WSW|2018-10-02 19:25:00.0,Tue Oct 2, 8:25 PM,3 min,47°,18° above WSW,43° above SSE|2018-10-03 18:33:00.0,Wed Oct 3, 7:33 PM,4 min,51°,26° above WSW,15° above ESE|2018-10-03 20:08:00.0,Wed Oct 3, 9:08 PM,2 min,24°,11° above W,24° above SW|

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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