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Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Feb 14, 2020 through Tuesday Mar 3, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Feb 18, 6:22 AM 2 min 18° 10° above S 18° above SE  
Thu Feb 20, 6:23 AM 6 min 69° 11° above SW 10° above NE  
Fri Feb 21, 5:36 AM 3 min 33° 18° above S 26° above E  
Sat Feb 22, 4:51 AM < 1 min 17° 17° above ESE 14° above E  
Sat Feb 22, 6:24 AM 6 min 32° 11° above WSW 11° above NNE  
Sun Feb 23, 5:39 AM 3 min 60° 57° above WNW 11° above NE  
Mon Feb 24, 4:54 AM 1 min 19° 19° above NE 10° above NE  
Mon Feb 24, 6:27 AM 3 min 13° 10° above WNW 10° above N  
Tue Feb 25, 5:42 AM 2 min 19° 19° above NNW 10° above NNE  
Wed Feb 26, 4:56 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above NNE 11° above NNE  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Friday Feb 14, 2020 through Tuesday Mar 3, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Feb 17, 6:30 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above SE  
Thu Feb 20, 6:26 AM 6 min 61° 10° above SW 12° above NE  
Fri Feb 21, 5:54 AM 5 min 47° 10° above SSW 27° above ENE  
Sat Feb 22, 5:24 AM 3 min 36° 26° above S 26° above E  
Sun Feb 23, 4:54 AM 1 min 26° 26° above ESE 19° above E  
Sun Feb 23, 6:28 AM 6 min 25° 11° above W 11° above NNE  
Mon Feb 24, 4:23 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above ENE 11° above ENE  
Mon Feb 24, 5:57 AM 4 min 30° 26° above WNW 11° above NNE  
Tue Feb 25, 5:27 AM 2 min 30° 30° above N 10° above NNE  
Wed Feb 26, 4:56 AM < 1 min 16° 16° above NNE 11° above NNE  
Fri Feb 28, 5:29 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above N 10° above N  
2020-02-18 13:22:00.0,Tue Feb 18, 6:22 AM,2 min,18°,10° above S,18° above SE|2020-02-20 13:23:00.0,Thu Feb 20, 6:23 AM,6 min,69°,11° above SW,10° above NE|2020-02-21 12:36:00.0,Fri Feb 21, 5:36 AM,3 min,33°,18° above S,26° above E|2020-02-22 11:51:00.0,Sat Feb 22, 4:51 AM,< 1 min,17°,17° above ESE,14° above E|2020-02-22 13:24:00.0,Sat Feb 22, 6:24 AM,6 min,32°,11° above WSW,11° above NNE|2020-02-23 12:39:00.0,Sun Feb 23, 5:39 AM,3 min,60°,57° above WNW,11° above NE|2020-02-24 11:54:00.0,Mon Feb 24, 4:54 AM,1 min,19°,19° above NE,10° above NE|2020-02-24 13:27:00.0,Mon Feb 24, 6:27 AM,3 min,13°,10° above WNW,10° above N|2020-02-25 12:42:00.0,Tue Feb 25, 5:42 AM,2 min,19°,19° above NNW,10° above NNE|2020-02-26 11:56:00.0,Wed Feb 26, 4:56 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NNE,11° above NNE|

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.