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Location: Sacramento, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Jan 17, 2020 through Tuesday Feb 4, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Jan 20, 6:41 PM 3 min 82° 19° above SW 51° above ENE  
Tue Jan 21, 5:52 PM 6 min 43° 11° above SSW 11° above ENE  
Tue Jan 21, 7:30 PM 1 min 20° 14° above WNW 20° above NW  
Wed Jan 22, 6:43 PM 2 min 34° 26° above WNW 25° above N  
Thu Jan 23, 5:55 PM 4 min 57° 39° above W 11° above NE  
Thu Jan 23, 7:32 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above NW 12° above NW  
Fri Jan 24, 6:44 PM 3 min 17° 11° above WNW 14° above N  
Sat Jan 25, 5:57 PM 4 min 23° 16° above WNW 10° above NNE  
Sun Jan 26, 6:47 PM 2 min 11° 10° above NNW 10° above N  
Mon Jan 27, 5:59 PM 3 min 13° 10° above NW 10° above N  
Sat Feb 1, 6:54 PM 1 min 13° 10° above NNW 13° above N  
Sun Feb 2, 6:06 PM 2 min 11° 10° above N 10° above NNE  
Sun Feb 2, 7:42 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above NW 12° above NW  
Mon Feb 3, 6:55 PM 2 min 23° 11° above NNW 23° above N  
2020-01-21 02:41:00.0,Mon Jan 20, 6:41 PM,3 min,82°,19° above SW,51° above ENE|2020-01-22 01:52:00.0,Tue Jan 21, 5:52 PM,6 min,43°,11° above SSW,11° above ENE|2020-01-22 03:30:00.0,Tue Jan 21, 7:30 PM,1 min,20°,14° above WNW,20° above NW|2020-01-23 02:43:00.0,Wed Jan 22, 6:43 PM,2 min,34°,26° above WNW,25° above N|2020-01-24 01:55:00.0,Thu Jan 23, 5:55 PM,4 min,57°,39° above W,11° above NE|2020-01-24 03:32:00.0,Thu Jan 23, 7:32 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above NW,12° above NW|2020-01-25 02:44:00.0,Fri Jan 24, 6:44 PM,3 min,17°,11° above WNW,14° above N|2020-01-26 01:57:00.0,Sat Jan 25, 5:57 PM,4 min,23°,16° above WNW,10° above NNE|2020-01-27 02:47:00.0,Sun Jan 26, 6:47 PM,2 min,11°,10° above NNW,10° above N|2020-01-28 01:59:00.0,Mon Jan 27, 5:59 PM,3 min,13°,10° above NW,10° above N|2020-02-02 02:54:00.0,Sat Feb 1, 6:54 PM,1 min,13°,10° above NNW,13° above N|2020-02-03 02:06:00.0,Sun Feb 2, 6:06 PM,2 min,11°,10° above N,10° above NNE|2020-02-03 03:42:00.0,Sun Feb 2, 7:42 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above NW,12° above NW|2020-02-04 02:55:00.0,Mon Feb 3, 6:55 PM,2 min,23°,11° above NNW,23° above N|

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.