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Location: Washington, DC, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Mar 30, 2020 through Tuesday Apr 14, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Mar 30, 9:12 PM 2 min 16° 11° above NNW 16° above NNE  
Tue Mar 31, 8:25 PM 3 min 13° 10° above NNW 10° above NE  
Tue Mar 31, 10:01 PM < 1 min 18° 15° above NW 18° above NW  
Wed Apr 1, 9:14 PM 2 min 30° 12° above NNW 30° above NNE  
Thu Apr 2, 8:27 PM 4 min 22° 11° above NNW 14° above ENE  
Thu Apr 2, 10:04 PM < 1 min 18° 18° above WNW 18° above WNW  
Fri Apr 3, 9:17 PM 2 min 73° 23° above NW 73° above NW  
Sat Apr 4, 8:30 PM 4 min 50° 18° above NW 23° above ESE  
Sat Apr 4, 10:06 PM < 1 min 12° 11° above W 12° above W  
Sun Apr 5, 9:20 PM 2 min 27° 18° above W 26° above SW  
Mon Apr 6, 8:33 PM 3 min 48° 36° above W 15° above SSE  
Wed Apr 8, 8:36 PM 3 min 15° 14° above WSW 10° above SSW  
2020-03-31 01:12:00.0,Mon Mar 30, 9:12 PM,2 min,16°,11° above NNW,16° above NNE|2020-04-01 00:25:00.0,Tue Mar 31, 8:25 PM,3 min,13°,10° above NNW,10° above NE|2020-04-01 02:01:00.0,Tue Mar 31, 10:01 PM,< 1 min,18°,15° above NW,18° above NW|2020-04-02 01:14:00.0,Wed Apr 1, 9:14 PM,2 min,30°,12° above NNW,30° above NNE|2020-04-03 00:27:00.0,Thu Apr 2, 8:27 PM,4 min,22°,11° above NNW,14° above ENE|2020-04-03 02:04:00.0,Thu Apr 2, 10:04 PM,< 1 min,18°,18° above WNW,18° above WNW|2020-04-04 01:17:00.0,Fri Apr 3, 9:17 PM,2 min,73°,23° above NW,73° above NW|2020-04-05 00:30:00.0,Sat Apr 4, 8:30 PM,4 min,50°,18° above NW,23° above ESE|2020-04-05 02:06:00.0,Sat Apr 4, 10:06 PM,< 1 min,12°,11° above W,12° above W|2020-04-06 01:20:00.0,Sun Apr 5, 9:20 PM,2 min,27°,18° above W,26° above SW|2020-04-07 00:33:00.0,Mon Apr 6, 8:33 PM,3 min,48°,36° above W,15° above SSE|2020-04-09 00:36:00.0,Wed Apr 8, 8:36 PM,3 min,15°,14° above WSW,10° above SSW|

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.