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Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Oct 26, 2020 through Tuesday Nov 10, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Oct 27, 5:33 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above ENE 14° above ENE  
Tue Oct 27, 7:06 AM 4 min 31° 22° above WNW 11° above NE  
Wed Oct 28, 6:21 AM 2 min 36° 36° above NNE 10° above NE  
Thu Oct 29, 5:35 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above NE 12° above NE  
Thu Oct 29, 7:08 AM 4 min 21° 17° above NW 10° above NE  
Fri Oct 30, 6:22 AM 2 min 21° 21° above NNE 11° above NE  
Sat Oct 31, 5:36 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above NE 11° above NE  
Sat Oct 31, 7:09 AM 4 min 18° 14° above NNW 10° above NE  
Sun Nov 1, 5:23 AM 2 min 18° 18° above N 11° above NE  
Mon Nov 2, 6:11 AM 4 min 19° 13° above NNW 11° above NE  
Tue Nov 3, 5:25 AM 2 min 18° 18° above N 10° above NE  
Wed Nov 4, 6:12 AM 4 min 27° 15° above NNW 18° above ENE  
Thu Nov 5, 5:26 AM 2 min 22° 22° above NNE 13° above ENE  
Fri Nov 6, 4:40 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above NE 11° above NE  
Fri Nov 6, 6:13 AM 3 min 50° 18° above NW 33° above E  
Sat Nov 7, 5:28 AM 1 min 34° 34° above NNE 22° above ENE  
Sat Nov 7, 7:01 AM < 1 min 17° 12° above WNW 17° above WNW  
Sun Nov 8, 4:42 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above ENE 13° above ENE  
Sun Nov 8, 6:15 AM 4 min 63° 27° above WNW 17° above SE  
Mon Nov 9, 5:29 AM 2 min 65° 65° above E 17° above ESE  
Mon Nov 9, 7:03 AM 1 min 13° 10° above W 13° above WSW  
Tue Nov 10, 4:43 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above ESE 11° above ESE  
Tue Nov 10, 6:16 AM 3 min 22° 20° above WSW 11° above S  
2020-10-27 09:33:00.0,Tue Oct 27, 5:33 AM,< 1 min,14°,14° above ENE,14° above ENE|2020-10-27 11:06:00.0,Tue Oct 27, 7:06 AM,4 min,31°,22° above WNW,11° above NE|2020-10-28 10:21:00.0,Wed Oct 28, 6:21 AM,2 min,36°,36° above NNE,10° above NE|2020-10-29 09:35:00.0,Thu Oct 29, 5:35 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above NE,12° above NE|2020-10-29 11:08:00.0,Thu Oct 29, 7:08 AM,4 min,21°,17° above NW,10° above NE|2020-10-30 10:22:00.0,Fri Oct 30, 6:22 AM,2 min,21°,21° above NNE,11° above NE|2020-10-31 09:36:00.0,Sat Oct 31, 5:36 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NE,11° above NE|2020-10-31 11:09:00.0,Sat Oct 31, 7:09 AM,4 min,18°,14° above NNW,10° above NE|2020-11-01 10:23:00.0,Sun Nov 1, 5:23 AM,2 min,18°,18° above N,11° above NE|2020-11-02 11:11:00.0,Mon Nov 2, 6:11 AM,4 min,19°,13° above NNW,11° above NE|2020-11-03 10:25:00.0,Tue Nov 3, 5:25 AM,2 min,18°,18° above N,10° above NE|2020-11-04 11:12:00.0,Wed Nov 4, 6:12 AM,4 min,27°,15° above NNW,18° above ENE|2020-11-05 10:26:00.0,Thu Nov 5, 5:26 AM,2 min,22°,22° above NNE,13° above ENE|2020-11-06 09:40:00.0,Fri Nov 6, 4:40 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above NE,11° above NE|2020-11-06 11:13:00.0,Fri Nov 6, 6:13 AM,3 min,50°,18° above NW,33° above E|2020-11-07 10:28:00.0,Sat Nov 7, 5:28 AM,1 min,34°,34° above NNE,22° above ENE|2020-11-07 12:01:00.0,Sat Nov 7, 7:01 AM,< 1 min,17°,12° above WNW,17° above WNW|2020-11-08 09:42:00.0,Sun Nov 8, 4:42 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above ENE,13° above ENE|2020-11-08 11:15:00.0,Sun Nov 8, 6:15 AM,4 min,63°,27° above WNW,17° above SE|2020-11-09 10:29:00.0,Mon Nov 9, 5:29 AM,2 min,65°,65° above E,17° above ESE|2020-11-09 12:03:00.0,Mon Nov 9, 7:03 AM,1 min,13°,10° above W,13° above WSW|2020-11-10 09:43:00.0,Tue Nov 10, 4:43 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above ESE,11° above ESE|2020-11-10 11:16:00.0,Tue Nov 10, 6:16 AM,3 min,22°,20° above WSW,11° above S|

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.