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Location: Coppell, Texas, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Jan 15, 2021 through Saturday Jan 30, 2021

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Jan 15, 6:35 PM 2 min 12° 10° above SSE 12° above ESE  
Fri Jan 15, 8:10 PM < 1 min 12° 12° above WSW 12° above WSW  
Sat Jan 16, 7:22 PM 3 min 76° 13° above SW 76° above SW  
Sun Jan 17, 6:34 PM 5 min 44° 10° above SSW 18° above ENE  
Sun Jan 17, 8:13 PM < 1 min 11° 11° above WNW 11° above WNW  
Mon Jan 18, 7:25 PM 2 min 25° 20° above WNW 23° above NNW  
Tue Jan 19, 6:38 PM 4 min 45° 35° above W 13° above NNE  
Wed Jan 20, 7:28 PM 2 min 11° 10° above NW 10° above NNW  
Thu Jan 21, 6:39 PM 4 min 16° 12° above WNW 11° above N  
2021-01-16 00:35:00.0,Fri Jan 15, 6:35 PM,2 min,12°,10° above SSE,12° above ESE|2021-01-16 02:10:00.0,Fri Jan 15, 8:10 PM,< 1 min,12°,12° above WSW,12° above WSW|2021-01-17 01:22:00.0,Sat Jan 16, 7:22 PM,3 min,76°,13° above SW,76° above SW|2021-01-18 00:34:00.0,Sun Jan 17, 6:34 PM,5 min,44°,10° above SSW,18° above ENE|2021-01-18 02:13:00.0,Sun Jan 17, 8:13 PM,< 1 min,11°,11° above WNW,11° above WNW|2021-01-19 01:25:00.0,Mon Jan 18, 7:25 PM,2 min,25°,20° above WNW,23° above NNW|2021-01-20 00:38:00.0,Tue Jan 19, 6:38 PM,4 min,45°,35° above W,13° above NNE|2021-01-21 01:28:00.0,Wed Jan 20, 7:28 PM,2 min,11°,10° above NW,10° above NNW|2021-01-22 00:39:00.0,Thu Jan 21, 6:39 PM,4 min,16°,12° above WNW,11° 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.