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The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Nov 1, 2019 through Thursday Nov 28, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Nov 14, 5:14 AM 3 min 42° 42° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Fri Nov 15, 4:28 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above SE 12° above SE  
Mon Nov 18, 6:38 PM < 1 min 14° 11° above S 14° above SSE  
Tue Nov 19, 5:52 PM 2 min 11° 10° above SE 10° above ESE  
Tue Nov 19, 7:26 PM < 1 min 15° 10° above WSW 15° above WSW  
Wed Nov 20, 6:37 PM 3 min 69° 10° above SW 69° above SSE  
Thu Nov 21, 5:49 PM 5 min 35° 10° above SSW 18° above ENE  
Thu Nov 21, 7:27 PM < 1 min 14° 14° above WNW 14° above WNW  
Fri Nov 22, 6:39 PM 2 min 34° 23° above W 32° above NNW  
Sat Nov 23, 5:51 PM 4 min 63° 42° above WSW 14° above NE  
Sun Nov 24, 6:39 PM 3 min 15° 11° above WNW 14° above N  
Mon Nov 25, 5:51 PM 4 min 23° 16° above WNW 10° above NNE  
Wed Nov 27, 5:51 PM 2 min 11° 10° above NW 10° above N  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Friday Nov 1, 2019 through Thursday Nov 28, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Sat Nov 2, 6:06 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above N 10° above N  
Sat Nov 9, 6:11 AM 4 min 18° 11° above NNW 14° above ENE  
Sun Nov 10, 5:38 AM 4 min 16° 10° above NNW 12° above ENE  
Mon Nov 11, 5:06 AM 3 min 14° 12° above N 10° above ENE  
Tue Nov 12, 4:35 AM 1 min 12° 12° above NNE 10° above NE  
Tue Nov 12, 6:10 AM 5 min 65° 10° above NW 38° above ESE  
Wed Nov 13, 5:38 AM 4 min 51° 18° above NNW 33° above E  
Thu Nov 14, 5:07 AM 2 min 41° 36° above N 25° above E  
Fri Nov 15, 4:36 AM 1 min 29° 29° above ENE 19° above E  
Fri Nov 15, 6:10 AM 6 min 23° 10° above WNW 10° above S  
Sat Nov 16, 5:39 AM 4 min 28° 25° above WSW 10° above SSE  
Sun Nov 17, 5:08 AM 2 min 30° 30° above SSW 10° above SSE  
Mon Nov 18, 4:38 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above SSE 11° above SSE  
Wed Nov 20, 6:41 PM 1 min 15° 10° above S 15° above SSE  
Thu Nov 21, 6:09 PM 2 min 16° 11° above SSE 16° above ESE  
Thu Nov 21, 7:45 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above WSW 12° above WSW  
2019-11-14 10:14:00.0,Thu Nov 14, 5:14 AM,3 min,42°,42° above SSW,10° above SSE|2019-11-15 09:28:00.0,Fri Nov 15, 4:28 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above SE,12° above SE|2019-11-18 23:38:00.0,Mon Nov 18, 6:38 PM,< 1 min,14°,11° above S,14° above SSE|2019-11-19 22:52:00.0,Tue Nov 19, 5:52 PM,2 min,11°,10° above SE,10° above ESE|2019-11-20 00:26:00.0,Tue Nov 19, 7:26 PM,< 1 min,15°,10° above WSW,15° above WSW|2019-11-20 23:37:00.0,Wed Nov 20, 6:37 PM,3 min,69°,10° above SW,69° above SSE|2019-11-21 22:49:00.0,Thu Nov 21, 5:49 PM,5 min,35°,10° above SSW,18° above ENE|2019-11-22 00:27:00.0,Thu Nov 21, 7:27 PM,< 1 min,14°,14° above WNW,14° above WNW|2019-11-22 23:39:00.0,Fri Nov 22, 6:39 PM,2 min,34°,23° above W,32° above NNW|2019-11-23 22:51:00.0,Sat Nov 23, 5:51 PM,4 min,63°,42° above WSW,14° above NE|2019-11-24 23:39:00.0,Sun Nov 24, 6:39 PM,3 min,15°,11° above WNW,14° above N|2019-11-25 22:51:00.0,Mon Nov 25, 5:51 PM,4 min,23°,16° above WNW,10° above NNE|2019-11-27 22:51:00.0,Wed Nov 27, 5:51 PM,2 min,11°,10° 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