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The following ISS sightings are possible from Wednesday Sep 12, 2018 through Friday Sep 28, 2018

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Wed Sep 12, 6:14 AM < 1 min 10° 10° above WNW 10° above WNW  
Thu Sep 13, 3:50 AM < 1 min 18° 18° above NE 18° above NE  
Thu Sep 13, 5:23 AM 4 min 61° 15° above NW 23° above E  
Fri Sep 14, 4:33 AM 2 min 42° 42° above N 17° above E  
Fri Sep 14, 6:07 AM 6 min 39° 10° above WNW 11° above SSE  
Sat Sep 15, 3:44 AM < 1 min 12° 12° above ENE 10° above E  
Sat Sep 15, 5:17 AM 5 min 69° 28° above WNW 10° above SE  
Sun Sep 16, 4:27 AM 2 min 37° 37° above ESE 11° above ESE  
Sun Sep 16, 6:00 AM 5 min 18° 10° above W 10° above S  
Mon Sep 17, 5:11 AM 2 min 28° 28° above SSW 11° above SSE  
Fri Sep 21, 7:59 PM 2 min 14° 11° above SSE 14° above SE  
Fri Sep 21, 9:34 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above WSW 10° above WSW  
Sat Sep 22, 8:42 PM 3 min 47° 10° above SW 47° above S  
Sun Sep 23, 7:50 PM 5 min 31° 10° above SSW 15° above E  
Sun Sep 23, 9:26 PM 1 min 21° 10° above W 21° above W  
Mon Sep 24, 8:34 PM 4 min 75° 10° above WSW 48° above NE  
Tue Sep 25, 7:42 PM 6 min 66° 10° above SW 13° above ENE  
Tue Sep 25, 9:20 PM < 1 min 26° 19° above WNW 26° above NW  
Wed Sep 26, 8:29 PM 2 min 44° 30° above WNW 30° above NNE  
2018-09-12 13:14:00.0,Wed Sep 12, 6:14 AM,< 1 min,10°,10° above WNW,10° above WNW|2018-09-13 10:50:00.0,Thu Sep 13, 3:50 AM,< 1 min,18°,18° above NE,18° above NE|2018-09-13 12:23:00.0,Thu Sep 13, 5:23 AM,4 min,61°,15° above NW,23° above E|2018-09-14 11:33:00.0,Fri Sep 14, 4:33 AM,2 min,42°,42° above N,17° above E|2018-09-14 13:07:00.0,Fri Sep 14, 6:07 AM,6 min,39°,10° above WNW,11° above SSE|2018-09-15 10:44:00.0,Sat Sep 15, 3:44 AM,< 1 min,12°,12° above ENE,10° above E|2018-09-15 12:17:00.0,Sat Sep 15, 5:17 AM,5 min,69°,28° above WNW,10° above SE|2018-09-16 11:27:00.0,Sun Sep 16, 4:27 AM,2 min,37°,37° above ESE,11° above ESE|2018-09-16 13:00:00.0,Sun Sep 16, 6:00 AM,5 min,18°,10° above W,10° above S|2018-09-17 12:11:00.0,Mon Sep 17, 5:11 AM,2 min,28°,28° above SSW,11° above SSE|2018-09-22 02:59:00.0,Fri Sep 21, 7:59 PM,2 min,14°,11° above SSE,14° above SE|2018-09-22 04:34:00.0,Fri Sep 21, 9:34 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above WSW,10° above WSW|2018-09-23 03:42:00.0,Sat Sep 22, 8:42 PM,3 min,47°,10° above SW,47° above S|2018-09-24 02:50:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 7:50 PM,5 min,31°,10° above SSW,15° above E|2018-09-24 04:26:00.0,Sun Sep 23, 9:26 PM,1 min,21°,10° above W,21° above W|2018-09-25 03:34:00.0,Mon Sep 24, 8:34 PM,4 min,75°,10° above WSW,48° above NE|2018-09-26 02:42:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 7:42 PM,6 min,66°,10° above SW,13° above ENE|2018-09-26 04:20:00.0,Tue Sep 25, 9:20 PM,< 1 min,26°,19° above WNW,26° above NW|2018-09-27 03:29:00.0,Wed Sep 26, 8:29 PM,2 min,44°,30° above WNW,30° above NNE|

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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