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Location: Winchester, Virginia, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Mar 13, 2019 through Friday Mar 29, 2019

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Mar 14, 6:06 AM 3 min 48° 18° above NW 30° above E  
Fri Mar 15, 5:18 AM 1 min 28° 28° above NE 20° above ENE  
Fri Mar 15, 6:51 AM 5 min 30° 11° above WNW 11° above SSE  
Sat Mar 16, 6:02 AM 4 min 61° 42° above W 10° above SE  
Sun Mar 17, 5:14 AM 1 min 19° 19° above ESE 10° above ESE  
Sun Mar 17, 6:47 AM 2 min 11° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  
Mon Mar 18, 5:59 AM 1 min 16° 16° above S 10° above S  
Wed Mar 20, 8:52 PM 3 min 48° 11° above SW 48° above SSE  
Thu Mar 21, 8:02 PM 5 min 26° 11° above S 12° above ENE  
Thu Mar 21, 9:38 PM 2 min 25° 11° above W 25° above WNW  
Fri Mar 22, 8:46 PM 5 min 55° 10° above WSW 23° above NE  
Sat Mar 23, 7:56 PM 6 min 76° 10° above SW 11° above NE  
Sat Mar 23, 9:35 PM 1 min 18° 16° above NW 18° above NNW  
Sun Mar 24, 8:44 PM 3 min 25° 24° above NW 10° above NNE  
Mon Mar 25, 7:54 PM 3 min 40° 38° above WNW 12° above NE  
Mon Mar 25, 9:30 PM 2 min 12° 11° above NNW 11° above N  
Tue Mar 26, 8:40 PM 3 min 15° 14° above NW 11° above NNE  
Wed Mar 27, 7:51 PM < 1 min 14° 14° above NNE 10° above NNE  
2019-03-14 10:06:00.0,Thu Mar 14, 6:06 AM,3 min,48°,18° above NW,30° above E|2019-03-15 09:18:00.0,Fri Mar 15, 5:18 AM,1 min,28°,28° above NE,20° above ENE|2019-03-15 10:51:00.0,Fri Mar 15, 6:51 AM,5 min,30°,11° above WNW,11° above SSE|2019-03-16 10:02:00.0,Sat Mar 16, 6:02 AM,4 min,61°,42° above W,10° above SE|2019-03-17 09:14:00.0,Sun Mar 17, 5:14 AM,1 min,19°,19° above ESE,10° above ESE|2019-03-17 10:47:00.0,Sun Mar 17, 6:47 AM,2 min,11°,10° above WSW,10° above SSW|2019-03-18 09:59:00.0,Mon Mar 18, 5:59 AM,1 min,16°,16° above S,10° above S|2019-03-21 00:52:00.0,Wed Mar 20, 8:52 PM,3 min,48°,11° above SW,48° above SSE|2019-03-22 00:02:00.0,Thu Mar 21, 8:02 PM,5 min,26°,11° above S,12° above ENE|2019-03-22 01:38:00.0,Thu Mar 21, 9:38 PM,2 min,25°,11° above W,25° above WNW|2019-03-23 00:46:00.0,Fri Mar 22, 8:46 PM,5 min,55°,10° above WSW,23° above NE|2019-03-23 23:56:00.0,Sat Mar 23, 7:56 PM,6 min,76°,10° above SW,11° above NE|2019-03-24 01:35:00.0,Sat Mar 23, 9:35 PM,1 min,18°,16° above NW,18° above NNW|2019-03-25 00:44:00.0,Sun Mar 24, 8:44 PM,3 min,25°,24° above NW,10° above NNE|2019-03-25 23:54:00.0,Mon Mar 25, 7:54 PM,3 min,40°,38° above WNW,12° above NE|2019-03-26 01:30:00.0,Mon Mar 25, 9:30 PM,2 min,12°,11° above NNW,11° above N|2019-03-27 00:40:00.0,Tue Mar 26, 8:40 PM,3 min,15°,14° above NW,11° above NNE|2019-03-27 23:51:00.0,Wed Mar 27, 7:51 PM,< 1 min,14°,14° above NNE,10° 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