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Location: Washington, DC, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Oct 19, 2020 through Tuesday Nov 3, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Oct 20, 6:15 AM < 1 min 11° 10° above SSE 11° above SE  
Wed Oct 21, 7:01 AM 2 min 28° 10° above SW 28° above SSW  
Thu Oct 22, 6:14 AM 4 min 34° 10° above SSW 31° above ESE  
Fri Oct 23, 5:28 AM 2 min 19° 15° above SSE 17° above ESE  
Fri Oct 23, 7:03 AM 2 min 33° 10° above WSW 33° above WNW  
Sat Oct 24, 6:16 AM 5 min 71° 28° above WSW 11° above NE  
Sun Oct 25, 5:31 AM 2 min 44° 44° above E 13° above ENE  
Sun Oct 25, 7:05 AM 2 min 19° 10° above WNW 19° above NW  
Mon Oct 26, 6:19 AM 3 min 27° 25° above NW 11° above NNE  
Tue Oct 27, 5:33 AM 1 min 21° 21° above NNE 10° above NE  
Tue Oct 27, 7:08 AM 1 min 12° 10° above NW 12° above NNW  
Wed Oct 28, 6:20 AM 2 min 15° 14° above NNW 11° above NNE  
Thu Oct 29, 5:35 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above NNE 10° above NNE  
Fri Oct 30, 6:22 AM 1 min 10° 10° above NNW 10° above N  
Mon Nov 2, 6:14 AM < 1 min 12° 10° above NNW 12° above N  
Tue Nov 3, 5:27 AM 2 min 11° 10° above N 10° above NNE  
2020-10-20 10:15:00.0,Tue Oct 20, 6:15 AM,< 1 min,11°,10° above SSE,11° above SE|2020-10-21 11:01:00.0,Wed Oct 21, 7:01 AM,2 min,28°,10° above SW,28° above SSW|2020-10-22 10:14:00.0,Thu Oct 22, 6:14 AM,4 min,34°,10° above SSW,31° above ESE|2020-10-23 09:28:00.0,Fri Oct 23, 5:28 AM,2 min,19°,15° above SSE,17° above ESE|2020-10-23 11:03:00.0,Fri Oct 23, 7:03 AM,2 min,33°,10° above WSW,33° above WNW|2020-10-24 10:16:00.0,Sat Oct 24, 6:16 AM,5 min,71°,28° above WSW,11° above NE|2020-10-25 09:31:00.0,Sun Oct 25, 5:31 AM,2 min,44°,44° above E,13° above ENE|2020-10-25 11:05:00.0,Sun Oct 25, 7:05 AM,2 min,19°,10° above WNW,19° above NW|2020-10-26 10:19:00.0,Mon Oct 26, 6:19 AM,3 min,27°,25° above NW,11° above NNE|2020-10-27 09:33:00.0,Tue Oct 27, 5:33 AM,1 min,21°,21° above NNE,10° above NE|2020-10-27 11:08:00.0,Tue Oct 27, 7:08 AM,1 min,12°,10° above NW,12° above NNW|2020-10-28 10:20:00.0,Wed Oct 28, 6:20 AM,2 min,15°,14° above NNW,11° above NNE|2020-10-29 09:35:00.0,Thu Oct 29, 5:35 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above NNE,10° above NNE|2020-10-30 10:22:00.0,Fri Oct 30, 6:22 AM,1 min,10°,10° above NNW,10° above N|2020-11-02 11:14:00.0,Mon Nov 2, 6:14 AM,< 1 min,12°,10° above NNW,12° above N|2020-11-03 10:27:00.0,Tue Nov 3, 5:27 AM,2 min,11°,10° above N,10° 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.