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Location: Traverse City, Michigan, 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
Tue Sep 15, 9:00 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSE 10° above SSE  
Wed Sep 16, 9:48 PM 1 min 22° 10° above SW 22° above SW  
Thu Sep 17, 9:01 PM 4 min 34° 10° above SSW 31° above ESE  
Thu Sep 17, 10:37 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Fri Sep 18, 8:14 PM 5 min 21° 11° above S 10° above E  
Fri Sep 18, 9:50 PM 3 min 48° 10° above WSW 48° above WNW  
Sat Sep 19, 9:02 PM 5 min 89° 10° above WSW 27° above ENE  
Sat Sep 19, 10:40 PM < 1 min 13° 11° above WNW 13° above WNW  
Sun Sep 20, 8:15 PM 6 min 57° 10° above SW 11° above ENE  
Sun Sep 20, 9:54 PM 1 min 33° 22° above WNW 33° above NNW  
Mon Sep 21, 9:07 PM 3 min 42° 29° above WNW 18° above NE  
Tue Sep 22, 8:19 PM 4 min 60° 39° above W 12° above NE  
Tue Sep 22, 9:56 PM 1 min 24° 19° above NW 24° above NNW  
Wed Sep 23, 9:09 PM 3 min 28° 23° above NW 19° above NNE  
Thu Sep 24, 8:22 PM 4 min 33° 28° above NW 11° above NE  
Thu Sep 24, 9:58 PM 1 min 21° 15° above NW 21° above NNW  
Fri Sep 25, 9:11 PM 3 min 24° 17° above NW 20° above NNE  
Sat Sep 26, 8:24 PM 4 min 25° 19° above NW 11° above NE  
Sat Sep 26, 10:00 PM < 1 min 21° 16° above NW 21° above NNW  
Sun Sep 27, 9:13 PM 2 min 26° 15° above NW 26° above NNE  
Mon Sep 28, 8:25 PM 4 min 24° 15° above NW 12° above ENE  
Mon Sep 28, 10:02 PM < 1 min 18° 18° above NW 18° above NW  
2020-09-16 01:00:00.0,Tue Sep 15, 9:00 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSE,10° above SSE|2020-09-17 01:48:00.0,Wed Sep 16, 9:48 PM,1 min,22°,10° above SW,22° above SW|2020-09-18 01:01:00.0,Thu Sep 17, 9:01 PM,4 min,34°,10° above SSW,31° above ESE|2020-09-18 02:37:00.0,Thu Sep 17, 10:37 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2020-09-19 00:14:00.0,Fri Sep 18, 8:14 PM,5 min,21°,11° above S,10° above E|2020-09-19 01:50:00.0,Fri Sep 18, 9:50 PM,3 min,48°,10° above WSW,48° above WNW|2020-09-20 01:02:00.0,Sat Sep 19, 9:02 PM,5 min,89°,10° above WSW,27° above ENE|2020-09-20 02:40:00.0,Sat Sep 19, 10:40 PM,< 1 min,13°,11° above WNW,13° above WNW|2020-09-21 00:15:00.0,Sun Sep 20, 8:15 PM,6 min,57°,10° above SW,11° above ENE|2020-09-21 01:54:00.0,Sun Sep 20, 9:54 PM,1 min,33°,22° above WNW,33° above NNW|2020-09-22 01:07:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 9:07 PM,3 min,42°,29° above WNW,18° above NE|2020-09-23 00:19:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 8:19 PM,4 min,60°,39° above W,12° above NE|2020-09-23 01:56:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 9:56 PM,1 min,24°,19° above NW,24° above NNW|2020-09-24 01:09:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 9:09 PM,3 min,28°,23° above NW,19° above NNE|2020-09-25 00:22:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 8:22 PM,4 min,33°,28° above NW,11° above NE|2020-09-25 01:58:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 9:58 PM,1 min,21°,15° above NW,21° above NNW|2020-09-26 01:11:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 9:11 PM,3 min,24°,17° above NW,20° above NNE|2020-09-27 00:24:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 8:24 PM,4 min,25°,19° above NW,11° above NE|2020-09-27 02:00:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 10:00 PM,< 1 min,21°,16° above NW,21° above NNW|2020-09-28 01:13:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 9:13 PM,2 min,26°,15° above NW,26° above NNE|2020-09-29 00:25:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 8:25 PM,4 min,24°,15° above NW,12° above ENE|2020-09-29 02:02:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 10:02 PM,< 1 min,18°,18° 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 chart. Click the link for a detailed description of the astronomical horizon and sighting alert messages.