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Location: Farmington, Maine, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 14, 2020 through Tuesday Sep 29, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Sep 16, 8:14 PM 2 min 27° 10° above SSW 27° above SSE  
Thu Sep 17, 7:27 PM 4 min 18° 10° above S 13° above E  
Thu Sep 17, 9:03 PM 2 min 27° 10° above WSW 27° above WSW  
Fri Sep 18, 8:16 PM 4 min 77° 10° above SW 51° above ENE  
Sat Sep 19, 7:28 PM 6 min 47° 10° above SW 12° above ENE  
Sat Sep 19, 9:06 PM 2 min 30° 14° above W 30° above NW  
Sun Sep 20, 8:19 PM 3 min 47° 25° above W 28° above NE  
Mon Sep 21, 7:32 PM 5 min 68° 27° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Mon Sep 21, 9:09 PM < 1 min 22° 19° above NW 22° above NW  
Tue Sep 22, 8:22 PM 2 min 29° 23° above NW 22° above NNE  
Wed Sep 23, 7:35 PM 4 min 35° 30° above NW 10° above NE  
Wed Sep 23, 9:11 PM < 1 min 19° 14° above NW 19° above NNW  
Thu Sep 24, 8:24 PM 2 min 24° 17° above NW 22° above NNE  
Fri Sep 25, 7:37 PM 4 min 25° 19° above NW 11° above NE  
Fri Sep 25, 9:13 PM < 1 min 16° 13° above NW 16° above NW  
Sat Sep 26, 6:51 PM 2 min 25° 25° above NNE 10° above NE  
Sat Sep 26, 8:26 PM 2 min 25° 15° above NW 25° above N  
Sun Sep 27, 7:38 PM 4 min 23° 14° above NW 16° above NE  
Sun Sep 27, 9:15 PM < 1 min 14° 14° above NW 14° above NW  
Mon Sep 28, 6:51 PM 4 min 24° 17° above NW 10° above NE  
Mon Sep 28, 8:28 PM 1 min 29° 16° above NW 29° above NNW  
2020-09-17 00:14:00.0,Wed Sep 16, 8:14 PM,2 min,27°,10° above SSW,27° above SSE|2020-09-17 23:27:00.0,Thu Sep 17, 7:27 PM,4 min,18°,10° above S,13° above E|2020-09-18 01:03:00.0,Thu Sep 17, 9:03 PM,2 min,27°,10° above WSW,27° above WSW|2020-09-19 00:16:00.0,Fri Sep 18, 8:16 PM,4 min,77°,10° above SW,51° above ENE|2020-09-19 23:28:00.0,Sat Sep 19, 7:28 PM,6 min,47°,10° above SW,12° above ENE|2020-09-20 01:06:00.0,Sat Sep 19, 9:06 PM,2 min,30°,14° above W,30° above NW|2020-09-21 00:19:00.0,Sun Sep 20, 8:19 PM,3 min,47°,25° above W,28° above NE|2020-09-21 23:32:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 7:32 PM,5 min,68°,27° above WSW,10° above ENE|2020-09-22 01:09:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 9:09 PM,< 1 min,22°,19° above NW,22° above NW|2020-09-23 00:22:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 8:22 PM,2 min,29°,23° above NW,22° above NNE|2020-09-23 23:35:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 7:35 PM,4 min,35°,30° above NW,10° above NE|2020-09-24 01:11:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 9:11 PM,< 1 min,19°,14° above NW,19° above NNW|2020-09-25 00:24:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 8:24 PM,2 min,24°,17° above NW,22° above NNE|2020-09-25 23:37:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 7:37 PM,4 min,25°,19° above NW,11° above NE|2020-09-26 01:13:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 9:13 PM,< 1 min,16°,13° above NW,16° above NW|2020-09-26 22:51:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 6:51 PM,2 min,25°,25° above NNE,10° above NE|2020-09-27 00:26:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 8:26 PM,2 min,25°,15° above NW,25° above N|2020-09-27 23:38:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 7:38 PM,4 min,23°,14° above NW,16° above NE|2020-09-28 01:15:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 9:15 PM,< 1 min,14°,14° above NW,14° above NW|2020-09-28 22:51:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 6:51 PM,4 min,24°,17° above NW,10° above NE|2020-09-29 00:28:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 8:28 PM,1 min,29°,16° above NW,29° above NNW|

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.