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The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Sep 24, 2021 through Sunday Oct 10, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Sep 24, 9:13 PM 4 min 24° 10° above WNW 19° above NNE  
Sat Sep 25, 8:25 PM 6 min 25° 10° above WNW 10° above NE  
Sat Sep 25, 10:03 PM 2 min 23° 10° above NW 23° above NNW  
Sun Sep 26, 9:15 PM 3 min 27° 10° above NW 25° above NNE  
Mon Sep 27, 8:28 PM 5 min 25° 10° above NW 12° above ENE  
Mon Sep 27, 10:05 PM 1 min 23° 10° above NW 23° above NW  
Tue Sep 28, 9:18 PM 3 min 38° 10° above NW 38° above NNE  
Wed Sep 29, 8:30 PM 5 min 31° 10° above NW 17° above ENE  
Wed Sep 29, 10:07 PM 1 min 21° 10° above WNW 21° above WNW  
Thu Sep 30, 9:20 PM 3 min 65° 10° above WNW 65° above NNW  
Fri Oct 1, 8:32 PM 5 min 52° 10° above NW 27° above E  
Fri Oct 1, 10:09 PM 1 min 15° 10° above W 15° above W  
Sat Oct 2, 9:22 PM 3 min 42° 10° above WNW 42° above SW  
Sun Oct 3, 8:34 PM 5 min 70° 10° above WNW 26° above SE  
Mon Oct 4, 7:47 PM 7 min 76° 10° above WNW 10° above ESE  
Mon Oct 4, 9:25 PM 3 min 17° 10° above W 16° above SW  
Tue Oct 5, 8:37 PM 5 min 26° 10° above W 12° above SSE  
Wed Oct 6, 7:49 PM 6 min 42° 10° above WNW 10° above SE  
Fri Oct 8, 7:52 PM 4 min 16° 10° above W 10° above S  
2021-09-25 01:13:00.0,Fri Sep 24, 9:13 PM,4 min,24°,10° above WNW,19° above NNE|2021-09-26 00:25:00.0,Sat Sep 25, 8:25 PM,6 min,25°,10° above WNW,10° above NE|2021-09-26 02:03:00.0,Sat Sep 25, 10:03 PM,2 min,23°,10° above NW,23° above NNW|2021-09-27 01:15:00.0,Sun Sep 26, 9:15 PM,3 min,27°,10° above NW,25° above NNE|2021-09-28 00:28:00.0,Mon Sep 27, 8:28 PM,5 min,25°,10° above NW,12° above ENE|2021-09-28 02:05:00.0,Mon Sep 27, 10:05 PM,1 min,23°,10° above NW,23° above NW|2021-09-29 01:18:00.0,Tue Sep 28, 9:18 PM,3 min,38°,10° above NW,38° above NNE|2021-09-30 00:30:00.0,Wed Sep 29, 8:30 PM,5 min,31°,10° above NW,17° above ENE|2021-09-30 02:07:00.0,Wed Sep 29, 10:07 PM,1 min,21°,10° above WNW,21° above WNW|2021-10-01 01:20:00.0,Thu Sep 30, 9:20 PM,3 min,65°,10° above WNW,65° above NNW|2021-10-02 00:32:00.0,Fri Oct 1, 8:32 PM,5 min,52°,10° above NW,27° above E|2021-10-02 02:09:00.0,Fri Oct 1, 10:09 PM,1 min,15°,10° above W,15° above W|2021-10-03 01:22:00.0,Sat Oct 2, 9:22 PM,3 min,42°,10° above WNW,42° above SW|2021-10-04 00:34:00.0,Sun Oct 3, 8:34 PM,5 min,70°,10° above WNW,26° above SE|2021-10-04 23:47:00.0,Mon Oct 4, 7:47 PM,7 min,76°,10° above WNW,10° above ESE|2021-10-05 01:25:00.0,Mon Oct 4, 9:25 PM,3 min,17°,10° above W,16° above SW|2021-10-06 00:37:00.0,Tue Oct 5, 8:37 PM,5 min,26°,10° above W,12° above SSE|2021-10-06 23:49:00.0,Wed Oct 6, 7:49 PM,6 min,42°,10° above WNW,10° above SE|2021-10-08 23:52:00.0,Fri Oct 8, 7:52 PM,4 min,16°,10° above W,10° 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.