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Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 16, 2019 through Monday Oct 7, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Sep 18, 8:34 PM 3 min 32° 26° above W 20° above N  
Thu Sep 19, 7:43 PM 6 min 67° 10° above SW 10° above NE  
Fri Sep 20, 8:35 PM 2 min 12° 12° above NW 10° above N  
Sat Sep 21, 7:46 PM 2 min 20° 20° above NW 11° above N  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 16, 2019 through Monday Oct 7, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Sep 16, 9:00 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above SW 11° above SW  
Tue Sep 17, 5:18 AM 5 min 72° 33° above NNW 10° above SE  
Tue Sep 17, 8:27 PM 3 min 48° 10° above SSW 48° above SSE  
Wed Sep 18, 4:47 AM 2 min 29° 29° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Wed Sep 18, 6:23 AM 1 min 10° 10° above WSW 10° above SW  
Wed Sep 18, 7:54 PM 5 min 39° 10° above SSW 20° above ENE  
Wed Sep 18, 9:33 PM < 1 min 12° 11° above WNW 12° above WNW  
Thu Sep 19, 5:51 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above SW 10° above SSW  
Thu Sep 19, 7:21 PM 6 min 29° 11° above S 10° above ENE  
Thu Sep 19, 9:00 PM 2 min 21° 18° above WNW 20° above NNW  
Fri Sep 20, 8:27 PM 3 min 26° 25° above NW 11° above NNE  
Sat Sep 21, 7:54 PM 4 min 32° 30° above WNW 11° above NNE  
Sun Sep 22, 7:21 PM 4 min 42° 39° above WNW 11° above NNE  
Wed Sep 25, 7:18 PM 2 min 11° 10° above NW 10° above NNW  
2019-09-19 01:34:00.0,Wed Sep 18, 8:34 PM,3 min,32°,26° above W,20° above N|2019-09-20 00:43:00.0,Thu Sep 19, 7:43 PM,6 min,67°,10° above SW,10° above NE|2019-09-21 01:35:00.0,Fri Sep 20, 8:35 PM,2 min,12°,12° above NW,10° above N|2019-09-22 00:46:00.0,Sat Sep 21, 7:46 PM,2 min,20°,20° above NW,11° above N|

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