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Location: Monterey, Massachusetts, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Sep 12, 2018 through Friday Sep 28, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Sep 13, 3:45 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above NNE 13° above NNE  
Thu Sep 13, 5:18 AM 4 min 32° 10° above NW 29° above NE  
Fri Sep 14, 4:28 AM 2 min 23° 21° above N 21° above NE  
Fri Sep 14, 6:02 AM 6 min 69° 10° above WNW 10° above SE  
Sat Sep 15, 5:11 AM 5 min 64° 19° above NW 10° above ESE  
Sun Sep 16, 4:22 AM 2 min 34° 34° above NE 11° above E  
Sun Sep 16, 5:55 AM 5 min 27° 11° above WNW 10° above SSE  
Mon Sep 17, 5:06 AM 3 min 53° 52° above SW 10° above SE  
Tue Sep 18, 4:17 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above ESE 11° above ESE  
Tue Sep 18, 5:50 AM 2 min 11° 11° above WSW 10° above SSW  
Thu Sep 20, 8:44 PM < 1 min 15° 10° above SSW 15° above SSW  
Fri Sep 21, 7:52 PM 3 min 23° 11° above S 22° above ESE  
Fri Sep 21, 9:28 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above WSW 10° above WSW  
Sat Sep 22, 8:36 PM 3 min 71° 10° above WSW 71° above W  
Sun Sep 23, 7:44 PM 5 min 56° 10° above SW 18° above ENE  
Sun Sep 23, 9:22 PM < 1 min 17° 17° above WNW 17° above WNW  
Mon Sep 24, 8:31 PM 2 min 37° 27° above WNW 30° above N  
Tue Sep 25, 7:38 PM 4 min 61° 33° above W 11° above NE  
Tue Sep 25, 9:15 PM < 1 min 16° 15° above NW 16° above NW  
Wed Sep 26, 8:24 PM 2 min 23° 20° above NW 17° above NNE  
2018-09-13 07:45:00.0,Thu Sep 13, 3:45 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above NNE,13° above NNE|2018-09-13 09:18:00.0,Thu Sep 13, 5:18 AM,4 min,32°,10° above NW,29° above NE|2018-09-14 08:28:00.0,Fri Sep 14, 4:28 AM,2 min,23°,21° above N,21° above NE|2018-09-14 10:02:00.0,Fri Sep 14, 6:02 AM,6 min,69°,10° above WNW,10° above SE|2018-09-15 09:11:00.0,Sat Sep 15, 5:11 AM,5 min,64°,19° above NW,10° above ESE|2018-09-16 08:22:00.0,Sun Sep 16, 4:22 AM,2 min,34°,34° above NE,11° above E|2018-09-16 09:55:00.0,Sun Sep 16, 5:55 AM,5 min,27°,11° above WNW,10° above SSE|2018-09-17 09:06:00.0,Mon Sep 17, 5:06 AM,3 min,53°,52° above SW,10° above SE|2018-09-18 08:17:00.0,Tue Sep 18, 4:17 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above ESE,11° above ESE|2018-09-18 09:50:00.0,Tue Sep 18, 5:50 AM,2 min,11°,11° above WSW,10° above SSW|2018-09-21 00:44:00.0,Thu Sep 20, 8:44 PM,< 1 min,15°,10° above SSW,15° above SSW|2018-09-21 23:52:00.0,Fri Sep 21, 7:52 PM,3 min,23°,11° above S,22° above ESE|2018-09-22 01:28:00.0,Fri Sep 21, 9:28 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above WSW,10° above WSW|2018-09-23 00:36:00.0,Sat Sep 22, 8:36 PM,3 min,71°,10° above WSW,71° above W|2018-09-23 23:44:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 7:44 PM,5 min,56°,10° above SW,18° above ENE|2018-09-24 01:22:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 9:22 PM,< 1 min,17°,17° above WNW,17° above WNW|2018-09-25 00:31:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 8:31 PM,2 min,37°,27° above WNW,30° above N|2018-09-25 23:38:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 7:38 PM,4 min,61°,33° above W,11° above NE|2018-09-26 01:15:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 9:15 PM,< 1 min,16°,15° above NW,16° above NW|2018-09-27 00:24:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 8:24 PM,2 min,23°,20° above NW,17° above NNE|

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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