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Location: Rockford, Illinois, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 26, 2022 through Tuesday Oct 11, 2022

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Sep 26, 8:33 PM 3 min 22° 10° above NW 22° above NNE  
Tue Sep 27, 7:44 PM 4 min 18° 10° above NW 12° above NE  
Tue Sep 27, 9:21 PM 1 min 18° 10° above NW 18° above NW  
Wed Sep 28, 8:32 PM 3 min 34° 10° above NW 34° above N  
Thu Sep 29, 7:43 PM 5 min 26° 10° above NW 17° above ENE  
Thu Sep 29, 9:20 PM 1 min 18° 10° above WNW 18° above WNW  
Fri Sep 30, 8:31 PM 3 min 66° 10° above NW 66° above NNW  
Sat Oct 1, 7:43 PM 5 min 48° 10° above NW 27° above E  
Sat Oct 1, 9:20 PM 1 min 14° 10° above W 14° above W  
Sun Oct 2, 8:32 PM 3 min 37° 10° above WNW 37° above SW  
Mon Oct 3, 7:43 PM 5 min 66° 10° above WNW 22° above SE  
Tue Oct 4, 8:33 PM 3 min 14° 10° above W 13° above SSW  
Wed Oct 5, 7:44 PM 6 min 23° 10° above W 10° above S  
Sat Oct 8, 6:57 PM 4 min 15° 10° above W 10° above SSW  
2022-09-27 01:33:00.0,Mon Sep 26, 8:33 PM,3 min,22°,10° above NW,22° above NNE|2022-09-28 00:44:00.0,Tue Sep 27, 7:44 PM,4 min,18°,10° above NW,12° above NE|2022-09-28 02:21:00.0,Tue Sep 27, 9:21 PM,1 min,18°,10° above NW,18° above NW|2022-09-29 01:32:00.0,Wed Sep 28, 8:32 PM,3 min,34°,10° above NW,34° above N|2022-09-30 00:43:00.0,Thu Sep 29, 7:43 PM,5 min,26°,10° above NW,17° above ENE|2022-09-30 02:20:00.0,Thu Sep 29, 9:20 PM,1 min,18°,10° above WNW,18° above WNW|2022-10-01 01:31:00.0,Fri Sep 30, 8:31 PM,3 min,66°,10° above NW,66° above NNW|2022-10-02 00:43:00.0,Sat Oct 1, 7:43 PM,5 min,48°,10° above NW,27° above E|2022-10-02 02:20:00.0,Sat Oct 1, 9:20 PM,1 min,14°,10° above W,14° above W|2022-10-03 01:32:00.0,Sun Oct 2, 8:32 PM,3 min,37°,10° above WNW,37° above SW|2022-10-04 00:43:00.0,Mon Oct 3, 7:43 PM,5 min,66°,10° above WNW,22° above SE|2022-10-05 01:33:00.0,Tue Oct 4, 8:33 PM,3 min,14°,10° above W,13° above SSW|2022-10-06 00:44:00.0,Wed Oct 5, 7:44 PM,6 min,23°,10° above W,10° above S|2022-10-08 23:57:00.0,Sat Oct 8, 6:57 PM,4 min,15°,10° above W,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.