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Location: Johnson Space Center, Texas, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Aug 14, 2019 through Sunday Sep 1, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Aug 22, 6:22 AM 3 min 20° 10° above S 19° above ESE  
Fri Aug 23, 5:36 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above SE 10° above ESE  
Sat Aug 24, 6:20 AM 4 min 83° 11° above SW 35° above NE  
Sun Aug 25, 5:33 AM 3 min 36° 21° above S 28° above E  
Mon Aug 26, 4:47 AM 1 min 16° 16° above ESE 12° above E  
Mon Aug 26, 6:20 AM 5 min 26° 11° above W 10° above NNE  
Tue Aug 27, 5:34 AM 3 min 51° 51° above NW 12° above NNE  
Wed Aug 28, 4:47 AM < 1 min 22° 22° above NE 18° above NE  
Wed Aug 28, 6:22 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above NW 10° above NNW  
Thu Aug 29, 5:33 AM 2 min 16° 16° above NW 10° above N  
Fri Aug 30, 4:47 AM < 1 min 13° 13° above NNE 11° above NNE  

The following CYGNUS sightings are possible from Wednesday Aug 14, 2019 through Sunday Sep 1, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Aug 23, 6:14 AM 4 min 27° 11° above S 24° above ESE  
Sat Aug 24, 5:44 AM 4 min 22° 10° above S 20° above ESE  
Sun Aug 25, 5:16 AM 3 min 19° 14° above SSE 15° above E  
Mon Aug 26, 4:48 AM 2 min 16° 16° above SE 11° above E  
Mon Aug 26, 6:23 AM 6 min 36° 11° above WSW 11° above NNE  
Tue Aug 27, 4:20 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above E 10° above E  
Tue Aug 27, 5:54 AM 5 min 42° 23° above WSW 10° above NNE  
Wed Aug 28, 5:26 AM 3 min 50° 50° above NW 12° above NNE  
2019-08-22 11:22:00.0,Thu Aug 22, 6:22 AM,3 min,20°,10° above S,19° above ESE|2019-08-23 10:36:00.0,Fri Aug 23, 5:36 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SE,10° above ESE|2019-08-24 11:20:00.0,Sat Aug 24, 6:20 AM,4 min,83°,11° above SW,35° above NE|2019-08-25 10:33:00.0,Sun Aug 25, 5:33 AM,3 min,36°,21° above S,28° above E|2019-08-26 09:47:00.0,Mon Aug 26, 4:47 AM,1 min,16°,16° above ESE,12° above E|2019-08-26 11:20:00.0,Mon Aug 26, 6:20 AM,5 min,26°,11° above W,10° above NNE|2019-08-27 10:34:00.0,Tue Aug 27, 5:34 AM,3 min,51°,51° above NW,12° above NNE|2019-08-28 09:47:00.0,Wed Aug 28, 4:47 AM,< 1 min,22°,22° above NE,18° above NE|2019-08-28 11:22:00.0,Wed Aug 28, 6:22 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NW,10° above NNW|2019-08-29 10:33:00.0,Thu Aug 29, 5:33 AM,2 min,16°,16° above NW,10° above N|2019-08-30 09:47:00.0,Fri Aug 30, 4:47 AM,< 1 min,13°,13° above NNE,11° above NNE|

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