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The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 21, 2020 through Tuesday Oct 6, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Sep 22, 7:18 PM 2 min 13° 13° above NW 10° above N  
Thu Oct 1, 8:18 PM < 1 min 11° 10° above N 11° above N  
Fri Oct 2, 7:32 PM 1 min 10° 10° above NNE 10° above NNE  
Sat Oct 3, 8:19 PM 1 min 18° 10° above NNW 18° above NNW  
Sun Oct 4, 7:32 PM 3 min 22° 10° above NNW 21° above NE  
Mon Oct 5, 6:45 PM 4 min 15° 10° above N 11° above ENE  
Mon Oct 5, 8:22 PM 1 min 27° 15° above NW 27° above WNW  
2020-09-23 00:18:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 7:18 PM,2 min,13°,13° above NW,10° above N|2020-10-02 01:18:00.0,Thu Oct 1, 8:18 PM,< 1 min,11°,10° above N,11° above N|2020-10-03 00:32:00.0,Fri Oct 2, 7:32 PM,1 min,10°,10° above NNE,10° above NNE|2020-10-04 01:19:00.0,Sat Oct 3, 8:19 PM,1 min,18°,10° above NNW,18° above NNW|2020-10-05 00:32:00.0,Sun Oct 4, 7:32 PM,3 min,22°,10° above NNW,21° above NE|2020-10-05 23:45:00.0,Mon Oct 5, 6:45 PM,4 min,15°,10° above N,11° above ENE|2020-10-06 01:22:00.0,Mon Oct 5, 8:22 PM,1 min,27°,15° above NW,27° above WNW|

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.