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Location: Detroit, Michigan, 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, 9:35 PM 1 min 23° 10° above SW 23° above SW  
Thu Sep 19, 8:47 PM 4 min 40° 10° above SSW 31° above E  
Fri Sep 20, 7:59 PM 5 min 23° 11° above S 11° above E  
Fri Sep 20, 9:35 PM 3 min 44° 10° above WSW 44° above NW  
Sat Sep 21, 8:46 PM 5 min 72° 10° above WSW 20° above NE  
Sun Sep 22, 7:58 PM 6 min 67° 10° above SW 11° above ENE  
Sun Sep 22, 9:37 PM 1 min 25° 21° above NW 25° above NNW  
Mon Sep 23, 8:48 PM 3 min 33° 29° above NW 15° above NE  
Tue Sep 24, 8:00 PM 4 min 48° 42° above WNW 10° above NE  
Tue Sep 24, 9:37 PM 1 min 18° 14° above NW 18° above N  
Wed Sep 25, 8:48 PM 3 min 21° 17° above NW 12° above NNE  
Thu Sep 26, 8:00 PM 4 min 26° 22° above NW 11° above NE  
Thu Sep 26, 9:36 PM 1 min 16° 11° above NW 16° above NNW  
Fri Sep 27, 8:48 PM 3 min 17° 12° above NW 14° above NNE  
Sat Sep 28, 7:59 PM 4 min 18° 15° above NW 10° above NE  
Sat Sep 28, 9:36 PM 1 min 15° 10° above NW 15° above NNW  
Sun Sep 29, 8:47 PM 3 min 17° 10° above NW 16° above NNE  
Mon Sep 30, 7:59 PM 4 min 16° 11° above NW 10° above NE  
Mon Sep 30, 9:36 PM < 1 min 16° 11° above NW 16° above NNW  
Tue Oct 1, 8:47 PM 3 min 22° 11° above NW 21° above NNE  
Wed Oct 2, 7:59 PM 5 min 18° 10° above NW 10° above NE  
Wed Oct 2, 9:36 PM < 1 min 18° 15° above NW 18° above NW  

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

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Sep 17, 4:44 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above ESE 11° above ESE  
Tue Sep 17, 6:18 AM 2 min 13° 13° above SW 10° above SSW  
Wed Sep 18, 8:58 PM 1 min 15° 10° above S 15° above S  
Thu Sep 19, 8:25 PM 3 min 17° 11° above S 15° above ESE  
Thu Sep 19, 10:01 PM 1 min 18° 10° above WSW 18° above WSW  
Fri Sep 20, 7:54 PM 1 min 13° 13° above ESE 10° above E  
Fri Sep 20, 9:28 PM 3 min 75° 10° above WSW 75° above W  
Sat Sep 21, 8:54 PM 5 min 79° 10° above SW 34° above ENE  
Sat Sep 21, 10:33 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above WNW 12° above WNW  
Sun Sep 22, 8:21 PM 6 min 64° 10° above SW 13° above ENE  
Sun Sep 22, 10:01 PM 1 min 24° 17° above WNW 24° above NW  
Mon Sep 23, 7:49 PM 5 min 52° 21° above SSW 12° above ENE  
Mon Sep 23, 9:28 PM 2 min 31° 23° above WNW 27° above N  
Tue Sep 24, 8:55 PM 3 min 35° 28° above WNW 17° above NE  
Tue Sep 24, 10:32 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above NW 11° above NW  
Wed Sep 25, 8:21 PM 4 min 40° 34° above WNW 11° above NE  
Wed Sep 25, 9:59 PM < 1 min 17° 14° above NW 17° above NNW  
Thu Sep 26, 7:48 PM 4 min 46° 38° above WNW 10° above NE  
Thu Sep 26, 9:25 PM 2 min 20° 15° above NW 19° above N  
Fri Sep 27, 8:52 PM 3 min 21° 17° above NW 14° above NNE  
Sat Sep 28, 8:19 PM 4 min 22° 17° above NW 10° above NE  
Sat Sep 28, 9:56 PM 1 min 15° 10° above NW 15° above NNW  
Sun Sep 29, 7:45 PM 4 min 23° 19° above NW 11° above NE  
Sun Sep 29, 9:23 PM 2 min 19° 12° above NW 19° above N  
Mon Sep 30, 8:49 PM 3 min 19° 11° above NW 17° above NNE  
Tue Oct 1, 8:16 PM 5 min 19° 11° above NW 11° above NE  
Tue Oct 1, 9:54 PM < 1 min 16° 12° above NW 16° above NW  
Wed Oct 2, 7:42 PM 5 min 19° 10° above NW 11° above NE  
Wed Oct 2, 9:20 PM 2 min 26° 11° above NW 26° above N  
Thu Oct 3, 8:47 PM 3 min 27° 11° above NW 27° above NNE  
Fri Oct 4, 8:13 PM 4 min 25° 11° above NW 19° above NE  
Fri Oct 4, 9:51 PM < 1 min 18° 15° above WNW 18° above WNW  
Sat Oct 5, 7:40 PM 6 min 23° 10° above NW 10° above ENE  
Sat Oct 5, 9:18 PM 1 min 38° 18° above NW 38° above NW  
Sun Oct 6, 8:45 PM 3 min 65° 18° above NW 65° above NE  
2019-09-19 01:35:00.0,Wed Sep 18, 9:35 PM,1 min,23°,10° above SW,23° above SW|2019-09-20 00:47:00.0,Thu Sep 19, 8:47 PM,4 min,40°,10° above SSW,31° above E|2019-09-20 23:59:00.0,Fri Sep 20, 7:59 PM,5 min,23°,11° above S,11° above E|2019-09-21 01:35:00.0,Fri Sep 20, 9:35 PM,3 min,44°,10° above WSW,44° above NW|2019-09-22 00:46:00.0,Sat Sep 21, 8:46 PM,5 min,72°,10° above WSW,20° above NE|2019-09-22 23:58:00.0,Sun Sep 22, 7:58 PM,6 min,67°,10° above SW,11° above ENE|2019-09-23 01:37:00.0,Sun Sep 22, 9:37 PM,1 min,25°,21° above NW,25° above NNW|2019-09-24 00:48:00.0,Mon Sep 23, 8:48 PM,3 min,33°,29° above NW,15° above NE|2019-09-25 00:00:00.0,Tue Sep 24, 8:00 PM,4 min,48°,42° above WNW,10° above NE|2019-09-25 01:37:00.0,Tue Sep 24, 9:37 PM,1 min,18°,14° above NW,18° above N|2019-09-26 00:48:00.0,Wed Sep 25, 8:48 PM,3 min,21°,17° above NW,12° above NNE|2019-09-27 00:00:00.0,Thu Sep 26, 8:00 PM,4 min,26°,22° above NW,11° above NE|2019-09-27 01:36:00.0,Thu Sep 26, 9:36 PM,1 min,16°,11° above NW,16° above NNW|2019-09-28 00:48:00.0,Fri Sep 27, 8:48 PM,3 min,17°,12° above NW,14° above NNE|2019-09-28 23:59:00.0,Sat Sep 28, 7:59 PM,4 min,18°,15° above NW,10° above NE|2019-09-29 01:36:00.0,Sat Sep 28, 9:36 PM,1 min,15°,10° above NW,15° above NNW|2019-09-30 00:47:00.0,Sun Sep 29, 8:47 PM,3 min,17°,10° above NW,16° above NNE|2019-09-30 23:59:00.0,Mon Sep 30, 7:59 PM,4 min,16°,11° above NW,10° above NE|2019-10-01 01:36:00.0,Mon Sep 30, 9:36 PM,< 1 min,16°,11° above NW,16° above NNW|2019-10-02 00:47:00.0,Tue Oct 1, 8:47 PM,3 min,22°,11° above NW,21° above NNE|2019-10-02 23:59:00.0,Wed Oct 2, 7:59 PM,5 min,18°,10° above NW,10° above NE|2019-10-03 01:36:00.0,Wed Oct 2, 9:36 PM,< 1 min,18°,15° above NW,18° above NW|

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