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Location: Atlanta, Georgia, 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
Fri Aug 23, 6:36 AM 3 min 22° 11° above S 21° above ESE  
Sat Aug 24, 5:49 AM 2 min 11° 10° above SE 10° above ESE  
Sun Aug 25, 6:34 AM 4 min 81° 11° above SW 36° above NE  
Mon Aug 26, 5:47 AM 3 min 38° 22° above S 28° above E  
Tue Aug 27, 5:01 AM 1 min 18° 18° above ESE 12° above E  
Tue Aug 27, 6:34 AM 6 min 30° 11° above W 10° above NNE  
Wed Aug 28, 5:47 AM 3 min 56° 48° above W 19° above NNE  
Thu Aug 29, 5:01 AM < 1 min 27° 27° above ENE 22° above NE  
Thu Aug 29, 6:34 AM 3 min 13° 10° above WNW 10° above N  
Fri Aug 30, 5:47 AM 3 min 20° 19° above NW 10° above NNE  
Sat Aug 31, 5:00 AM 1 min 18° 18° above NNE 10° 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
Sun Aug 25, 6:17 AM 4 min 38° 11° above SSW 32° above E  
Mon Aug 26, 5:48 AM 4 min 32° 16° above S 23° above E  
Tue Aug 27, 5:20 AM 3 min 27° 24° above SSE 18° above E  
Wed Aug 28, 4:52 AM 1 min 20° 20° above ESE 13° above E  
Wed Aug 28, 6:26 AM 6 min 31° 13° above W 10° above NNE  
2019-08-23 10:36:00.0,Fri Aug 23, 6:36 AM,3 min,22°,11° above S,21° above ESE|2019-08-24 09:49:00.0,Sat Aug 24, 5:49 AM,2 min,11°,10° above SE,10° above ESE|2019-08-25 10:34:00.0,Sun Aug 25, 6:34 AM,4 min,81°,11° above SW,36° above NE|2019-08-26 09:47:00.0,Mon Aug 26, 5:47 AM,3 min,38°,22° above S,28° above E|2019-08-27 09:01:00.0,Tue Aug 27, 5:01 AM,1 min,18°,18° above ESE,12° above E|2019-08-27 10:34:00.0,Tue Aug 27, 6:34 AM,6 min,30°,11° above W,10° above NNE|2019-08-28 09:47:00.0,Wed Aug 28, 5:47 AM,3 min,56°,48° above W,19° above NNE|2019-08-29 09:01:00.0,Thu Aug 29, 5:01 AM,< 1 min,27°,27° above ENE,22° above NE|2019-08-29 10:34:00.0,Thu Aug 29, 6:34 AM,3 min,13°,10° above WNW,10° above N|2019-08-30 09:47:00.0,Fri Aug 30, 5:47 AM,3 min,20°,19° above NW,10° above NNE|2019-08-31 09:00:00.0,Sat Aug 31, 5:00 AM,1 min,18°,18° above NNE,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