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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Nov 25, 2019 through Friday Dec 20, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Dec 4, 5:26 PM 3 min 38° 30° above SW 15° above ESE  
Wed Dec 4, 7:01 PM < 1 min 18° 14° above WSW 18° above SW  
Thu Dec 5, 4:38 PM 4 min 39° 32° above SW 10° above ESE  
Thu Dec 5, 6:14 PM 2 min 26° 20° above WSW 22° above SSE  
Fri Dec 6, 5:26 PM 4 min 31° 28° above SW 10° above SE  
Fri Dec 6, 7:01 PM 1 min 13° 11° above WSW 13° above SSW  
Sat Dec 7, 4:38 PM 3 min 35° 33° above SSW 11° above ESE  
Sat Dec 7, 6:13 PM 3 min 17° 15° above SW 11° above SSE  
Sun Dec 8, 5:26 PM 3 min 22° 21° above SW 11° above SSE  
Mon Dec 9, 4:38 PM 3 min 27° 26° above SSW 11° above SE  
Mon Dec 9, 6:14 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW  
Tue Dec 10, 5:26 PM 1 min 13° 13° above SSW 10° above S  
Wed Dec 11, 4:38 PM 2 min 17° 17° above SSW 10° above SSE  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Monday Nov 25, 2019 through Friday Dec 20, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Nov 26, 7:02 PM < 1 min 12° 11° above SSW 12° above SSW  
Wed Nov 27, 6:29 PM 2 min 19° 10° above SSW 19° above S  
Thu Nov 28, 5:57 PM 3 min 19° 10° above SSW 19° above SSE  
Thu Nov 28, 7:34 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above WSW 11° above WSW  
Fri Nov 29, 5:24 PM 4 min 17° 10° above SSW 14° above ESE  
Fri Nov 29, 7:01 PM 1 min 22° 11° above SW 22° above SW  
Sat Nov 30, 4:52 PM 4 min 16° 10° above S 10° above ESE  
Sat Nov 30, 6:28 PM 3 min 34° 11° above SW 34° above S  
Sun Dec 1, 4:20 PM 4 min 14° 10° above S 10° above ESE  
Sun Dec 1, 5:56 PM 3 min 33° 16° above SW 28° above SE  
Sun Dec 1, 7:33 PM < 1 min 14° 11° above WSW 14° above WSW  
Mon Dec 2, 5:24 PM 4 min 31° 18° above SW 18° above ESE  
Mon Dec 2, 7:01 PM 1 min 26° 16° above WSW 26° above SW  
Tue Dec 3, 4:52 PM 5 min 29° 20° above SSW 11° above E  
Tue Dec 3, 6:29 PM 2 min 41° 19° above WSW 41° above S  
Wed Dec 4, 4:20 PM 4 min 27° 22° above SSW 10° above E  
Wed Dec 4, 5:57 PM 3 min 42° 26° above SW 31° above SE  
Wed Dec 4, 7:33 PM < 1 min 15° 13° above WSW 15° above WSW  
Thu Dec 5, 5:24 PM 4 min 41° 30° above SW 16° above ESE  
Thu Dec 5, 7:01 PM 1 min 26° 18° above WSW 26° above SW  
Fri Dec 6, 5:31 PM 2 min 30° 24° above SW 20° above SE  

The following DRAGON sightings are possible from Monday Nov 25, 2019 through Friday Dec 20, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Dec 6, 4:21 PM 2 min 23° 23° above SSW 10° above ESE  
Fri Dec 6, 5:54 PM < 1 min 14° 14° above SSW 14° above S  
Sat Dec 7, 4:40 PM 3 min 35° 33° above SSW 10° above ESE  
Sat Dec 7, 6:15 PM 3 min 17° 15° above SW 12° above S  

The following PROGRESS sightings are possible from Monday Nov 25, 2019 through Friday Dec 20, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Dec 6, 5:14 PM 3 min 27° 24° above SW 10° above SE  
Fri Dec 6, 6:48 PM < 1 min 11° 10° above SW 11° above SW  
Sat Dec 7, 5:29 PM 2 min 20° 19° above SW 11° above SSE  
Sun Dec 8, 5:45 PM 2 min 14° 14° above SSW 10° above S  
2019-12-04 17:26:00.0,Wed Dec 4, 5:26 PM,3 min,38°,30° above SW,15° above ESE|2019-12-04 19:01:00.0,Wed Dec 4, 7:01 PM,< 1 min,18°,14° above WSW,18° above SW|2019-12-05 16:38:00.0,Thu Dec 5, 4:38 PM,4 min,39°,32° above SW,10° above ESE|2019-12-05 18:14:00.0,Thu Dec 5, 6:14 PM,2 min,26°,20° above WSW,22° above SSE|2019-12-06 17:26:00.0,Fri Dec 6, 5:26 PM,4 min,31°,28° above SW,10° above SE|2019-12-06 19:01:00.0,Fri Dec 6, 7:01 PM,1 min,13°,11° above WSW,13° above SSW|2019-12-07 16:38:00.0,Sat Dec 7, 4:38 PM,3 min,35°,33° above SSW,11° above ESE|2019-12-07 18:13:00.0,Sat Dec 7, 6:13 PM,3 min,17°,15° above SW,11° above SSE|2019-12-08 17:26:00.0,Sun Dec 8, 5:26 PM,3 min,22°,21° above SW,11° above SSE|2019-12-09 16:38:00.0,Mon Dec 9, 4:38 PM,3 min,27°,26° above SSW,11° above SE|2019-12-09 18:14:00.0,Mon Dec 9, 6:14 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SW,10° above SW|2019-12-10 17:26:00.0,Tue Dec 10, 5:26 PM,1 min,13°,13° above SSW,10° above S|2019-12-11 16:38:00.0,Wed Dec 11, 4:38 PM,2 min,17°,17° above SSW,10° above SSE|

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