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Location: Santa Clara, California, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Thursday Nov 19, 2020 through Friday Dec 4, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Nov 18, 6:21 PM 3 min 47° 11° above SSW 47° above SE  
Thu Nov 19, 5:34 PM 5 min 25° 11° above S 14° above E  
Thu Nov 19, 7:12 PM < 1 min 21° 18° above W 21° above WNW  
Fri Nov 20, 6:25 PM 2 min 49° 31° above W 39° above N  
Sat Nov 21, 5:37 PM 4 min 88° 35° above SW 14° above NE  
Sat Nov 21, 7:14 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above WNW 12° above NW  
Sun Nov 22, 6:26 PM 3 min 20° 14° above WNW 18° above N  
Mon Nov 23, 5:39 PM 4 min 30° 21° above WNW 10° above NNE  
Tue Nov 24, 6:29 PM 1 min 11° 10° above NW 11° above N  
Wed Nov 25, 5:41 PM 4 min 14° 10° above WNW 10° above N  
2020-11-19 02:21:00.0,Wed Nov 18, 6:21 PM,3 min,47°,11° above SSW,47° above SE|2020-11-20 01:34:00.0,Thu Nov 19, 5:34 PM,5 min,25°,11° above S,14° above E|2020-11-20 03:12:00.0,Thu Nov 19, 7:12 PM,< 1 min,21°,18° above W,21° above WNW|2020-11-21 02:25:00.0,Fri Nov 20, 6:25 PM,2 min,49°,31° above W,39° above N|2020-11-22 01:37:00.0,Sat Nov 21, 5:37 PM,4 min,88°,35° above SW,14° above NE|2020-11-22 03:14:00.0,Sat Nov 21, 7:14 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above WNW,12° above NW|2020-11-23 02:26:00.0,Sun Nov 22, 6:26 PM,3 min,20°,14° above WNW,18° above N|2020-11-24 01:39:00.0,Mon Nov 23, 5:39 PM,4 min,30°,21° above WNW,10° above NNE|2020-11-25 02:29:00.0,Tue Nov 24, 6:29 PM,1 min,11°,10° above NW,11° above N|2020-11-26 01:41:00.0,Wed Nov 25, 5:41 PM,4 min,14°,10° above WNW,10° 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.