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Location: Whitby, 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, 6:32 AM 1 min 11° 10° above SSE 11° above SE  
Sun Feb 23, 6:32 AM 3 min 21° 11° above SSW 21° above SE  
Mon Feb 24, 5:44 AM 3 min 16° 10° above S 14° above SE  
Tue Feb 25, 4:58 AM 2 min 11° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Tue Feb 25, 6:32 AM 2 min 26° 12° above SW 26° above SSW  
Wed Feb 26, 5:45 AM 4 min 27° 11° above SSW 22° above SE  
Thu Feb 27, 4:59 AM 3 min 21° 16° above S 15° above ESE  
Fri Feb 28, 4:13 AM 1 min 15° 15° above SE 11° above ESE  
Fri Feb 28, 5:46 AM 4 min 40° 12° above SW 29° above ESE  
Sat Feb 29, 5:00 AM 3 min 33° 26° above SSW 21° above ESE  
Sun Mar 1, 4:15 AM 2 min 24° 24° above SE 13° above E  
Sun Mar 1, 5:48 AM 4 min 51° 15° above WSW 34° above ESE  
Mon Mar 2, 3:29 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above E 10° above E  
Mon Mar 2, 5:02 AM 3 min 46° 35° above SW 23° above ESE  
Tue Mar 3, 4:16 AM 2 min 33° 33° above SE 15° above E  
Tue Mar 3, 5:49 AM 4 min 51° 12° above W 29° above SE  

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, 6:14 AM 1 min 12° 10° above SSE 12° above SE  
Sun Feb 23, 5:43 AM 1 min 11° 10° above SSE 10° above SE  
Tue Feb 25, 6:13 AM 4 min 28° 11° above SSW 25° above SE  
Wed Feb 26, 5:41 AM 4 min 25° 11° above SSW 21° above ESE  
Thu Feb 27, 5:10 AM 3 min 23° 14° above SSW 19° above ESE  
Fri Feb 28, 4:39 AM 3 min 21° 19° above S 13° above ESE  
Fri Feb 28, 6:14 AM 4 min 47° 10° above WSW 38° above SE  
Sat Feb 29, 4:08 AM 2 min 18° 18° above SE 10° above ESE  
Sat Feb 29, 5:42 AM 4 min 45° 14° above WSW 32° above ESE  
2020-02-21 06:32:00.0,Fri Feb 21, 6:32 AM,1 min,11°,10° above SSE,11° above SE|2020-02-23 06:32:00.0,Sun Feb 23, 6:32 AM,3 min,21°,11° above SSW,21° above SE|2020-02-24 05:44:00.0,Mon Feb 24, 5:44 AM,3 min,16°,10° above S,14° above SE|2020-02-25 04:58:00.0,Tue Feb 25, 4:58 AM,2 min,11°,10° above SSE,10° above ESE|2020-02-25 06:32:00.0,Tue Feb 25, 6:32 AM,2 min,26°,12° above SW,26° above SSW|2020-02-26 05:45:00.0,Wed Feb 26, 5:45 AM,4 min,27°,11° above SSW,22° above SE|2020-02-27 04:59:00.0,Thu Feb 27, 4:59 AM,3 min,21°,16° above S,15° above ESE|2020-02-28 04:13:00.0,Fri Feb 28, 4:13 AM,1 min,15°,15° above SE,11° above ESE|2020-02-28 05:46:00.0,Fri Feb 28, 5:46 AM,4 min,40°,12° above SW,29° above ESE|2020-02-29 05:00:00.0,Sat Feb 29, 5:00 AM,3 min,33°,26° above SSW,21° above ESE|2020-03-01 04:15:00.0,Sun Mar 1, 4:15 AM,2 min,24°,24° above SE,13° above E|2020-03-01 05:48:00.0,Sun Mar 1, 5:48 AM,4 min,51°,15° above WSW,34° above ESE|2020-03-02 03:29:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 3:29 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above E,10° above E|2020-03-02 05:02:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 5:02 AM,3 min,46°,35° above SW,23° above ESE|2020-03-03 04:16:00.0,Tue Mar 3, 4:16 AM,2 min,33°,33° above SE,15° above E|2020-03-03 05:49:00.0,Tue Mar 3, 5:49 AM,4 min,51°,12° above W,29° above SE|

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.