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Location: Pierre, South Dakota, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Feb 14, 2020 through Tuesday Mar 3, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Feb 19, 6:40 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above SE  
Fri Feb 21, 6:39 AM 3 min 28° 10° above SSW 27° above ESE  
Sat Feb 22, 5:52 AM 3 min 17° 10° above S 16° above ESE  
Sun Feb 23, 5:06 AM 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above ESE  
Sun Feb 23, 6:40 AM 5 min 74° 10° above SW 26° above ENE  
Mon Feb 24, 5:54 AM 3 min 45° 26° above SSW 30° above E  
Tue Feb 25, 5:09 AM < 1 min 25° 25° above ESE 20° above E  
Tue Feb 25, 6:42 AM 6 min 48° 12° above W 11° above NE  
Wed Feb 26, 5:56 AM 3 min 71° 42° above W 18° above NE  
Thu Feb 27, 5:11 AM 1 min 40° 40° above ENE 21° above ENE  
Thu Feb 27, 6:44 AM 6 min 29° 11° above WNW 10° above NE  
Fri Feb 28, 5:58 AM 4 min 36° 30° above NW 12° above NE  
Sat Feb 29, 5:12 AM 2 min 33° 33° above NNE 13° above NE  
Sat Feb 29, 6:46 AM 5 min 23° 10° above WNW 10° above NE  
Sun Mar 1, 5:59 AM 4 min 25° 19° above NW 11° above NE  
Mon Mar 2, 5:14 AM 2 min 25° 25° above NNE 12° above NE  
Mon Mar 2, 6:48 AM 5 min 23° 11° above NW 14° above NE  
Tue Mar 3, 4:28 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above NE 12° above NE  
Tue Mar 3, 6:01 AM 4 min 22° 14° above NW 13° above NE  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Friday Feb 14, 2020 through Tuesday Mar 3, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Feb 21, 6:58 AM 4 min 36° 10° above SSW 35° above ESE  
Sat Feb 22, 6:26 AM 3 min 30° 11° above SSW 29° above ESE  
Sun Feb 23, 5:54 AM 4 min 25° 11° above SSW 23° above ESE  
Mon Feb 24, 5:23 AM 3 min 21° 17° above SSE 17° above ESE  
Mon Feb 24, 6:58 AM 6 min 65° 10° above WSW 16° above NE  
Tue Feb 25, 4:53 AM 1 min 17° 17° above ESE 13° above E  
Tue Feb 25, 6:27 AM 6 min 75° 15° above WSW 16° above NE  
Wed Feb 26, 4:22 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above E 10° above E  
Wed Feb 26, 5:56 AM 4 min 86° 39° above WSW 19° above ENE  
Thu Feb 27, 5:26 AM 2 min 78° 78° above ESE 23° above ENE  
Fri Feb 28, 4:55 AM 1 min 32° 32° above ENE 18° above ENE  
Fri Feb 28, 6:29 AM 6 min 32° 13° above WNW 10° above NE  
Sat Feb 29, 4:24 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above ENE 14° above ENE  
Sat Feb 29, 5:58 AM 4 min 35° 28° above NW 12° above NE  
2020-02-19 12:40:00.0,Wed Feb 19, 6:40 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SE,10° above SE|2020-02-21 12:39:00.0,Fri Feb 21, 6:39 AM,3 min,28°,10° above SSW,27° above ESE|2020-02-22 11:52:00.0,Sat Feb 22, 5:52 AM,3 min,17°,10° above S,16° above ESE|2020-02-23 11:06:00.0,Sun Feb 23, 5:06 AM,1 min,10°,10° above SE,10° above ESE|2020-02-23 12:40:00.0,Sun Feb 23, 6:40 AM,5 min,74°,10° above SW,26° above ENE|2020-02-24 11:54:00.0,Mon Feb 24, 5:54 AM,3 min,45°,26° above SSW,30° above E|2020-02-25 11:09:00.0,Tue Feb 25, 5:09 AM,< 1 min,25°,25° above ESE,20° above E|2020-02-25 12:42:00.0,Tue Feb 25, 6:42 AM,6 min,48°,12° above W,11° above NE|2020-02-26 11:56:00.0,Wed Feb 26, 5:56 AM,3 min,71°,42° above W,18° above NE|2020-02-27 11:11:00.0,Thu Feb 27, 5:11 AM,1 min,40°,40° above ENE,21° above ENE|2020-02-27 12:44:00.0,Thu Feb 27, 6:44 AM,6 min,29°,11° above WNW,10° above NE|2020-02-28 11:58:00.0,Fri Feb 28, 5:58 AM,4 min,36°,30° above NW,12° above NE|2020-02-29 11:12:00.0,Sat Feb 29, 5:12 AM,2 min,33°,33° above NNE,13° above NE|2020-02-29 12:46:00.0,Sat Feb 29, 6:46 AM,5 min,23°,10° above WNW,10° above NE|2020-03-01 11:59:00.0,Sun Mar 1, 5:59 AM,4 min,25°,19° above NW,11° above NE|2020-03-02 11:14:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 5:14 AM,2 min,25°,25° above NNE,12° above NE|2020-03-02 12:48:00.0,Mon Mar 2, 6:48 AM,5 min,23°,11° above NW,14° above NE|2020-03-03 10:28:00.0,Tue Mar 3, 4:28 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above NE,12° above NE|2020-03-03 12:01:00.0,Tue Mar 3, 6:01 AM,4 min,22°,14° above NW,13° above NE|

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.