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Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Oct 15, 2021 through Saturday Oct 30, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Oct 20, 7:10 AM 5 min 19° 10° above S 10° above E  
Thu Oct 21, 6:24 AM 2 min 12° 10° above SSE 10° above ESE  
Fri Oct 22, 7:11 AM 7 min 54° 10° above SW 10° above ENE  
Sat Oct 23, 6:26 AM 5 min 32° 21° above S 10° above ENE  
Sun Oct 24, 5:41 AM 2 min 18° 18° above ESE 10° above E  
Sun Oct 24, 7:14 AM 6 min 57° 14° above WSW 10° above NE  
Mon Oct 25, 6:30 AM 4 min 89° 69° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Tue Oct 26, 5:45 AM 1 min 21° 21° above ENE 10° above ENE  
Tue Oct 26, 7:18 AM 5 min 29° 16° above WNW 10° above NE  
Wed Oct 27, 6:33 AM 3 min 38° 38° above NNW 10° above NE  
Thu Oct 28, 5:47 AM 1 min 19° 19° above NE 10° above NE  
Thu Oct 28, 7:20 AM 5 min 20° 13° above NW 10° above NE  
Fri Oct 29, 6:35 AM 3 min 23° 23° above N 10° above NE  
Sat Oct 30, 5:50 AM 1 min 15° 15° above NE 10° above NE  
Sat Oct 30, 7:23 AM 5 min 18° 11° above NW 10° above NE  
2021-10-20 11:10:00.0,Wed Oct 20, 7:10 AM,5 min,19°,10° above S,10° above E|2021-10-21 10:24:00.0,Thu Oct 21, 6:24 AM,2 min,12°,10° above SSE,10° above ESE|2021-10-22 11:11:00.0,Fri Oct 22, 7:11 AM,7 min,54°,10° above SW,10° above ENE|2021-10-23 10:26:00.0,Sat Oct 23, 6:26 AM,5 min,32°,21° above S,10° above ENE|2021-10-24 09:41:00.0,Sun Oct 24, 5:41 AM,2 min,18°,18° above ESE,10° above E|2021-10-24 11:14:00.0,Sun Oct 24, 7:14 AM,6 min,57°,14° above WSW,10° above NE|2021-10-25 10:30:00.0,Mon Oct 25, 6:30 AM,4 min,89°,69° above WSW,10° above ENE|2021-10-26 09:45:00.0,Tue Oct 26, 5:45 AM,1 min,21°,21° above ENE,10° above ENE|2021-10-26 11:18:00.0,Tue Oct 26, 7:18 AM,5 min,29°,16° above WNW,10° above NE|2021-10-27 10:33:00.0,Wed Oct 27, 6:33 AM,3 min,38°,38° above NNW,10° above NE|2021-10-28 09:47:00.0,Thu Oct 28, 5:47 AM,1 min,19°,19° above NE,10° above NE|2021-10-28 11:20:00.0,Thu Oct 28, 7:20 AM,5 min,20°,13° above NW,10° above NE|2021-10-29 10:35:00.0,Fri Oct 29, 6:35 AM,3 min,23°,23° above N,10° above NE|2021-10-30 09:50:00.0,Sat Oct 30, 5:50 AM,1 min,15°,15° above NE,10° above NE|2021-10-30 11:23:00.0,Sat Oct 30, 7:23 AM,5 min,18°,11° above NW,10° above NE|

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.