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Location: San Diego, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Oct 11, 2019 through Thursday Oct 31, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Oct 21, 6:18 AM 2 min 22° 10° above S 22° above SE  
Tue Oct 22, 5:31 AM 1 min 11° 10° above SE 11° above SE  
Wed Oct 23, 6:16 AM 6 min 84° 10° above SW 11° above NE  
Thu Oct 24, 5:29 AM 3 min 39° 20° above S 24° above ENE  
Fri Oct 25, 4:44 AM < 1 min 18° 18° above ESE 16° above E  
Fri Oct 25, 6:17 AM 5 min 28° 13° above W 10° above NNE  
Sat Oct 26, 5:31 AM 3 min 48° 48° above NNW 11° above NE  
Sun Oct 27, 4:45 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above NE 11° above NE  
Sun Oct 27, 6:18 AM 2 min 12° 11° above NW 10° above N  
Mon Oct 28, 5:32 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above N 11° above N  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Friday Oct 11, 2019 through Thursday Oct 31, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Oct 11, 7:51 PM 3 min 44° 23° above WNW 31° above S  
Sat Oct 12, 7:18 PM 6 min 58° 17° above WNW 10° above SSE  
Sun Oct 13, 6:45 PM 7 min 76° 10° above NW 11° above SE  
Wed Oct 16, 6:49 PM < 1 min 12° 12° above SW 10° above SSW  
Thu Oct 24, 6:10 AM 4 min 42° 11° above SSW 35° above E  
Fri Oct 25, 5:38 AM 4 min 33° 11° above SSW 30° above ESE  
Sat Oct 26, 5:07 AM 2 min 26° 21° above SSE 21° above E  
2019-10-21 13:18:00.0,Mon Oct 21, 6:18 AM,2 min,22°,10° above S,22° above SE|2019-10-22 12:31:00.0,Tue Oct 22, 5:31 AM,1 min,11°,10° above SE,11° above SE|2019-10-23 13:16:00.0,Wed Oct 23, 6:16 AM,6 min,84°,10° above SW,11° above NE|2019-10-24 12:29:00.0,Thu Oct 24, 5:29 AM,3 min,39°,20° above S,24° above ENE|2019-10-25 11:44:00.0,Fri Oct 25, 4:44 AM,< 1 min,18°,18° above ESE,16° above E|2019-10-25 13:17:00.0,Fri Oct 25, 6:17 AM,5 min,28°,13° above W,10° above NNE|2019-10-26 12:31:00.0,Sat Oct 26, 5:31 AM,3 min,48°,48° above NNW,11° above NE|2019-10-27 11:45:00.0,Sun Oct 27, 4:45 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NE,11° above NE|2019-10-27 13:18:00.0,Sun Oct 27, 6:18 AM,2 min,12°,11° above NW,10° above N|2019-10-28 12:32:00.0,Mon Oct 28, 5:32 AM,< 1 min,14°,14° above N,11° 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