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Location: Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, 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
Mon Sep 14, 9:45 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW  
Tue Sep 15, 5:58 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above SSW 11° above S  
Tue Sep 15, 8:58 PM 3 min 53° 11° above SSW 53° above SE  
Wed Sep 16, 8:11 PM 5 min 28° 11° above S 11° above ENE  
Wed Sep 16, 9:48 PM 2 min 22° 11° above W 22° above WNW  
Thu Sep 17, 9:00 PM 5 min 42° 10° above WSW 21° above NNE  
Fri Sep 18, 8:12 PM 6 min 77° 10° above SW 12° above NE  
Fri Sep 18, 9:52 PM 1 min 12° 11° above NW 12° above NNW  
Sat Sep 19, 9:04 PM 3 min 17° 16° above NW 10° above NNE  
Sun Sep 20, 8:17 PM 3 min 25° 25° above NW 11° above NNE  
Tue Sep 22, 8:19 PM 2 min 12° 11° above NW 10° above N  
2020-09-15 01:45:00.0,Mon Sep 14, 9:45 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SW,10° above SW|2020-09-15 09:58:00.0,Tue Sep 15, 5:58 AM,< 1 min,14°,14° above SSW,11° above S|2020-09-16 00:58:00.0,Tue Sep 15, 8:58 PM,3 min,53°,11° above SSW,53° above SE|2020-09-17 00:11:00.0,Wed Sep 16, 8:11 PM,5 min,28°,11° above S,11° above ENE|2020-09-17 01:48:00.0,Wed Sep 16, 9:48 PM,2 min,22°,11° above W,22° above WNW|2020-09-18 01:00:00.0,Thu Sep 17, 9:00 PM,5 min,42°,10° above WSW,21° above NNE|2020-09-19 00:12:00.0,Fri Sep 18, 8:12 PM,6 min,77°,10° above SW,12° above NE|2020-09-19 01:52:00.0,Fri Sep 18, 9:52 PM,1 min,12°,11° above NW,12° above NNW|2020-09-20 01:04:00.0,Sat Sep 19, 9:04 PM,3 min,17°,16° above NW,10° above NNE|2020-09-21 00:17:00.0,Sun Sep 20, 8:17 PM,3 min,25°,25° above NW,11° above NNE|2020-09-23 00:19:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 8:19 PM,2 min,12°,11° above NW,10° above N|

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.