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Location: Lynchburg, Virginia, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Friday Mar 17, 2023 through Saturday Apr 1, 2023

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Fri Mar 17, 8:36 PM 6 min 39° 10° above WSW 11° above NE  
Sat Mar 18, 9:27 PM 3 min 13° 10° above NW 12° above N  
Sun Mar 19, 8:38 PM 5 min 18° 10° above WNW 10° above NNE  
Tue Mar 21, 8:42 PM 1 min 10° 10° above NNW 10° above N  
Sun Mar 26, 9:34 PM 1 min 12° 10° above N 12° above N  
Tue Mar 28, 9:34 PM 2 min 20° 10° above NNW 20° above N  
Wed Mar 29, 8:46 PM 3 min 16° 10° above NNW 13° above NE  
Wed Mar 29, 10:22 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above NW 12° above NW  
Thu Mar 30, 9:34 PM 2 min 36° 10° above NW 36° above NNW  
Fri Mar 31, 8:46 PM 4 min 32° 10° above NNW 24° above ENE  
Fri Mar 31, 10:23 PM < 1 min 11° 10° above WNW 11° above WNW  
2023-03-18 00:36:00.0,Fri Mar 17, 8:36 PM,6 min,39°,10° above WSW,11° above NE|2023-03-19 01:27:00.0,Sat Mar 18, 9:27 PM,3 min,13°,10° above NW,12° above N|2023-03-20 00:38:00.0,Sun Mar 19, 8:38 PM,5 min,18°,10° above WNW,10° above NNE|2023-03-22 00:42:00.0,Tue Mar 21, 8:42 PM,1 min,10°,10° above NNW,10° above N|2023-03-27 01:34:00.0,Sun Mar 26, 9:34 PM,1 min,12°,10° above N,12° above N|2023-03-29 01:34:00.0,Tue Mar 28, 9:34 PM,2 min,20°,10° above NNW,20° above N|2023-03-30 00:46:00.0,Wed Mar 29, 8:46 PM,3 min,16°,10° above NNW,13° above NE|2023-03-30 02:22:00.0,Wed Mar 29, 10:22 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above NW,12° above NW|2023-03-31 01:34:00.0,Thu Mar 30, 9:34 PM,2 min,36°,10° above NW,36° above NNW|2023-04-01 00:46:00.0,Fri Mar 31, 8:46 PM,4 min,32°,10° above NNW,24° above ENE|2023-04-01 02:23:00.0,Fri Mar 31, 10:23 PM,< 1 min,11°,10° above WNW,11° above WNW|

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.