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Location: Tampa, Florida, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Aug 14, 2019 through Sunday Sep 1, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Aug 21, 6:37 AM 2 min 14° 10° above SSE 13° above ESE  
Fri Aug 23, 6:34 AM 4 min 54° 10° above SSW 40° above E  
Sat Aug 24, 5:46 AM 3 min 24° 13° above S 20° above E  
Sun Aug 25, 5:00 AM 1 min 12° 12° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Sun Aug 25, 6:33 AM 6 min 34° 10° above WSW 11° above NNE  
Mon Aug 26, 5:47 AM 3 min 76° 48° above WSW 19° above NE  
Tue Aug 27, 5:01 AM < 1 min 24° 24° above ENE 20° above ENE  
Tue Aug 27, 6:35 AM 3 min 12° 10° above WNW 10° above NNW  
Wed Aug 28, 5:47 AM 2 min 20° 20° above NW 10° above N  
Thu Aug 29, 5:00 AM < 1 min 16° 16° above NNE 11° above NNE  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Wednesday Aug 14, 2019 through Sunday Sep 1, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Aug 13, 8:30 PM 2 min 14° 14° above WSW 10° above SSW  
Wed Aug 21, 6:38 AM 2 min 13° 10° above SSE 13° above ESE  
Thu Aug 22, 6:09 AM 2 min 11° 10° above SE 10° above ESE  
Sat Aug 24, 6:45 AM < 1 min 13° 10° above SW 13° above SW  
Sun Aug 25, 6:16 AM 5 min 84° 13° above SW 22° above NE  
Mon Aug 26, 5:48 AM 3 min 79° 40° above SSW 28° above NE  
Tue Aug 27, 5:20 AM 2 min 57° 57° above E 22° above NE  
Wed Aug 28, 4:52 AM < 1 min 25° 25° above ENE 18° above ENE  
Wed Aug 28, 6:27 AM 3 min 13° 10° above WNW 10° above N  
2019-08-21 10:37:00.0,Wed Aug 21, 6:37 AM,2 min,14°,10° above SSE,13° above ESE|2019-08-23 10:34:00.0,Fri Aug 23, 6:34 AM,4 min,54°,10° above SSW,40° above E|2019-08-24 09:46:00.0,Sat Aug 24, 5:46 AM,3 min,24°,13° above S,20° above E|2019-08-25 09:00:00.0,Sun Aug 25, 5:00 AM,1 min,12°,12° above ESE,10° above ESE|2019-08-25 10:33:00.0,Sun Aug 25, 6:33 AM,6 min,34°,10° above WSW,11° above NNE|2019-08-26 09:47:00.0,Mon Aug 26, 5:47 AM,3 min,76°,48° above WSW,19° above NE|2019-08-27 09:01:00.0,Tue Aug 27, 5:01 AM,< 1 min,24°,24° above ENE,20° above ENE|2019-08-27 10:35:00.0,Tue Aug 27, 6:35 AM,3 min,12°,10° above WNW,10° above NNW|2019-08-28 09:47:00.0,Wed Aug 28, 5:47 AM,2 min,20°,20° above NW,10° above N|2019-08-29 09:00:00.0,Thu Aug 29, 5:00 AM,< 1 min,16°,16° above NNE,11° 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.

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