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Location: Johnson Space Center, Texas, United States

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, 5:47 AM 5 min 42° 21° above WNW 10° above SSE  
Fri Nov 15, 5:01 AM 2 min 50° 50° above SE 11° above SE  
Sat Nov 16, 5:48 AM 1 min 11° 11° above WSW 10° above SW  
Sun Nov 17, 5:03 AM < 1 min 11° 11° above S 11° above S  
Sun Nov 17, 6:24 PM 1 min 12° 10° above SSE 12° above SE  
Mon Nov 18, 7:10 PM 2 min 37° 11° above SW 37° above SW  
Tue Nov 19, 6:22 PM 4 min 46° 11° above SSW 28° above ENE  
Wed Nov 20, 7:12 PM 1 min 22° 16° above WNW 22° above NW  
Thu Nov 21, 6:24 PM 3 min 40° 29° above W 17° above NNE  
Sat Nov 23, 6:24 PM 3 min 14° 11° above WNW 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
Sun Nov 10, 6:15 AM 2 min 11° 10° above NNE 10° above NE  
Wed Nov 13, 6:13 AM 4 min 46° 10° above NNW 37° above E  
Thu Nov 14, 5:41 AM 4 min 36° 11° above NNW 30° above ENE  
Fri Nov 15, 5:10 AM 3 min 29° 22° above N 22° above ENE  
Sat Nov 16, 4:39 AM 1 min 21° 21° above ENE 16° above E  
Sat Nov 16, 6:13 AM 6 min 25° 11° above WNW 11° above S  
Sun Nov 17, 4:08 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above E 10° above E  
Sun Nov 17, 5:42 AM 4 min 32° 24° above W 11° above SSE  
Mon Nov 18, 5:12 AM 3 min 38° 38° above SSW 11° above SSE  
Tue Nov 19, 4:41 AM < 1 min 14° 14° above SSE 10° above SSE  
Tue Nov 19, 7:47 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above SW 12° above SW  
Wed Nov 20, 7:14 PM 2 min 41° 11° above SW 41° above SW  
Thu Nov 21, 6:41 PM 4 min 68° 10° above SW 57° above E  
2019-11-14 11:47:00.0,Thu Nov 14, 5:47 AM,5 min,42°,21° above WNW,10° above SSE|2019-11-15 11:01:00.0,Fri Nov 15, 5:01 AM,2 min,50°,50° above SE,11° above SE|2019-11-16 11:48:00.0,Sat Nov 16, 5:48 AM,1 min,11°,11° above WSW,10° above SW|2019-11-17 11:03:00.0,Sun Nov 17, 5:03 AM,< 1 min,11°,11° above S,11° above S|2019-11-18 00:24:00.0,Sun Nov 17, 6:24 PM,1 min,12°,10° above SSE,12° above SE|2019-11-19 01:10:00.0,Mon Nov 18, 7:10 PM,2 min,37°,11° above SW,37° above SW|2019-11-20 00:22:00.0,Tue Nov 19, 6:22 PM,4 min,46°,11° above SSW,28° above ENE|2019-11-21 01:12:00.0,Wed Nov 20, 7:12 PM,1 min,22°,16° above WNW,22° above NW|2019-11-22 00:24:00.0,Thu Nov 21, 6:24 PM,3 min,40°,29° above W,17° above NNE|2019-11-24 00:24:00.0,Sat Nov 23, 6:24 PM,3 min,14°,11° above WNW,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