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Location: Traverse City, Michigan, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Thursday Nov 19, 2020 through Friday Dec 4, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Nov 18, 7:51 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW  
Thu Nov 19, 7:04 PM 2 min 27° 10° above SSW 27° above S  
Fri Nov 20, 6:17 PM 3 min 20° 10° above S 18° above ESE  
Fri Nov 20, 7:53 PM < 1 min 15° 12° above WSW 15° above WSW  
Sat Nov 21, 5:33 PM 1 min 12° 12° above SE 10° above ESE  
Sat Nov 21, 7:06 PM 2 min 72° 18° above WSW 72° above SW  
Sun Nov 22, 6:19 PM 4 min 53° 18° above SW 28° above E  
Mon Nov 23, 5:32 PM 5 min 33° 15° above SSW 10° above ENE  
Mon Nov 23, 7:09 PM 1 min 43° 24° above W 43° above NW  
Tue Nov 24, 6:22 PM 3 min 62° 32° above W 25° above NE  
Tue Nov 24, 7:58 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above WNW 11° above WNW  
Wed Nov 25, 5:35 PM 4 min 86° 43° above SW 10° above ENE  
Wed Nov 25, 7:10 PM 2 min 27° 13° above WNW 27° above NNW  
Thu Nov 26, 6:23 PM 3 min 34° 19° above WNW 22° above NNE  
Fri Nov 27, 5:36 PM 4 min 44° 29° above WNW 11° above NE  
Fri Nov 27, 7:12 PM 2 min 21° 11° above WNW 21° above NNW  
Sat Nov 28, 6:25 PM 4 min 25° 11° above WNW 21° above NNE  
Sun Nov 29, 5:37 PM 6 min 28° 11° above WNW 10° above NE  
Sun Nov 29, 7:14 PM 1 min 20° 11° above NW 20° above NNW  
Mon Nov 30, 6:27 PM 3 min 24° 11° above NW 22° above NNE  
Tue Dec 1, 5:39 PM 5 min 24° 11° above WNW 10° above NE  
Tue Dec 1, 7:16 PM 2 min 23° 10° above NW 23° above NNW  
Wed Dec 2, 6:29 PM 3 min 29° 11° above NW 27° above NE  
Thu Dec 3, 5:41 PM 5 min 26° 11° above NW 11° above ENE  
2020-11-19 00:51:00.0,Wed Nov 18, 7:51 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SW,10° above SW|2020-11-20 00:04:00.0,Thu Nov 19, 7:04 PM,2 min,27°,10° above SSW,27° above S|2020-11-20 23:17:00.0,Fri Nov 20, 6:17 PM,3 min,20°,10° above S,18° above ESE|2020-11-21 00:53:00.0,Fri Nov 20, 7:53 PM,< 1 min,15°,12° above WSW,15° above WSW|2020-11-21 22:33:00.0,Sat Nov 21, 5:33 PM,1 min,12°,12° above SE,10° above ESE|2020-11-22 00:06:00.0,Sat Nov 21, 7:06 PM,2 min,72°,18° above WSW,72° above SW|2020-11-22 23:19:00.0,Sun Nov 22, 6:19 PM,4 min,53°,18° above SW,28° above E|2020-11-23 22:32:00.0,Mon Nov 23, 5:32 PM,5 min,33°,15° above SSW,10° above ENE|2020-11-24 00:09:00.0,Mon Nov 23, 7:09 PM,1 min,43°,24° above W,43° above NW|2020-11-24 23:22:00.0,Tue Nov 24, 6:22 PM,3 min,62°,32° above W,25° above NE|2020-11-25 00:58:00.0,Tue Nov 24, 7:58 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above WNW,11° above WNW|2020-11-25 22:35:00.0,Wed Nov 25, 5:35 PM,4 min,86°,43° above SW,10° above ENE|2020-11-26 00:10:00.0,Wed Nov 25, 7:10 PM,2 min,27°,13° above WNW,27° above NNW|2020-11-26 23:23:00.0,Thu Nov 26, 6:23 PM,3 min,34°,19° above WNW,22° above NNE|2020-11-27 22:36:00.0,Fri Nov 27, 5:36 PM,4 min,44°,29° above WNW,11° above NE|2020-11-28 00:12:00.0,Fri Nov 27, 7:12 PM,2 min,21°,11° above WNW,21° above NNW|2020-11-28 23:25:00.0,Sat Nov 28, 6:25 PM,4 min,25°,11° above WNW,21° above NNE|2020-11-29 22:37:00.0,Sun Nov 29, 5:37 PM,6 min,28°,11° above WNW,10° above NE|2020-11-30 00:14:00.0,Sun Nov 29, 7:14 PM,1 min,20°,11° above NW,20° above NNW|2020-11-30 23:27:00.0,Mon Nov 30, 6:27 PM,3 min,24°,11° above NW,22° above NNE|2020-12-01 22:39:00.0,Tue Dec 1, 5:39 PM,5 min,24°,11° above WNW,10° above NE|2020-12-02 00:16:00.0,Tue Dec 1, 7:16 PM,2 min,23°,10° above NW,23° above NNW|2020-12-02 23:29:00.0,Wed Dec 2, 6:29 PM,3 min,29°,11° above NW,27° above NE|2020-12-03 22:41:00.0,Thu Dec 3, 5:41 PM,5 min,26°,11° above NW,11° above ENE|

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.