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Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Jan 15, 2020 through Friday Jan 31, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Jan 22, 7:00 PM 1 min 14° 10° above S 14° above S  
Thu Jan 23, 6:13 PM 2 min 12° 10° above SSE 11° above SE  
Thu Jan 23, 7:47 PM < 1 min 14° 11° above SW 14° above SW  
Fri Jan 24, 7:00 PM 2 min 27° 11° above SW 27° above SSE  
Sat Jan 25, 6:13 PM 4 min 21° 11° above SSW 16° above ESE  
Sat Jan 25, 7:49 PM 1 min 21° 10° above WSW 21° above SW  
Sun Jan 26, 5:26 PM 4 min 16° 10° above S 10° above ESE  
Sun Jan 26, 7:02 PM 3 min 40° 14° above SW 40° above SSE  
Mon Jan 27, 6:15 PM 4 min 34° 16° above SW 19° above ESE  
Mon Jan 27, 7:51 PM 1 min 25° 14° above WSW 25° above WSW  
Tue Jan 28, 5:28 PM 4 min 27° 18° above SSW 11° above E  
Tue Jan 28, 7:04 PM 2 min 50° 21° above WSW 50° above S  
Wed Jan 29, 6:17 PM 3 min 46° 30° above SW 19° above ESE  
Wed Jan 29, 7:53 PM < 1 min 24° 17° above WSW 24° above WSW  
2020-01-22 19:00:00.0,Wed Jan 22, 7:00 PM,1 min,14°,10° above S,14° above S|2020-01-23 18:13:00.0,Thu Jan 23, 6:13 PM,2 min,12°,10° above SSE,11° above SE|2020-01-23 19:47:00.0,Thu Jan 23, 7:47 PM,< 1 min,14°,11° above SW,14° above SW|2020-01-24 19:00:00.0,Fri Jan 24, 7:00 PM,2 min,27°,11° above SW,27° above SSE|2020-01-25 18:13:00.0,Sat Jan 25, 6:13 PM,4 min,21°,11° above SSW,16° above ESE|2020-01-25 19:49:00.0,Sat Jan 25, 7:49 PM,1 min,21°,10° above WSW,21° above SW|2020-01-26 17:26:00.0,Sun Jan 26, 5:26 PM,4 min,16°,10° above S,10° above ESE|2020-01-26 19:02:00.0,Sun Jan 26, 7:02 PM,3 min,40°,14° above SW,40° above SSE|2020-01-27 18:15:00.0,Mon Jan 27, 6:15 PM,4 min,34°,16° above SW,19° above ESE|2020-01-27 19:51:00.0,Mon Jan 27, 7:51 PM,1 min,25°,14° above WSW,25° above WSW|2020-01-28 17:28:00.0,Tue Jan 28, 5:28 PM,4 min,27°,18° above SSW,11° above E|2020-01-28 19:04:00.0,Tue Jan 28, 7:04 PM,2 min,50°,21° above WSW,50° above S|2020-01-29 18:17:00.0,Wed Jan 29, 6:17 PM,3 min,46°,30° above SW,19° above ESE|2020-01-29 19:53:00.0,Wed Jan 29, 7:53 PM,< 1 min,24°,17° above WSW,24° above WSW|

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.