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Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 21, 2020 through Tuesday Oct 6, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Sep 21, 7:36 PM 6 min 50° 10° above SW 11° above ENE  
Mon Sep 21, 9:14 PM 2 min 48° 21° above W 48° above N  
Tue Sep 22, 8:27 PM 3 min 59° 32° above W 21° above ENE  
Tue Sep 22, 10:03 PM < 1 min 17° 17° above WNW 17° above WNW  
Wed Sep 23, 7:40 PM 5 min 78° 34° above WSW 10° above ENE  
Wed Sep 23, 9:16 PM 1 min 39° 23° above WNW 39° above NNW  
Thu Sep 24, 8:29 PM 3 min 42° 28° above WNW 26° above NE  
Thu Sep 24, 10:05 PM < 1 min 14° 14° above WNW 14° above WNW  
Fri Sep 25, 7:42 PM 4 min 48° 35° above WNW 11° above ENE  
Fri Sep 25, 9:18 PM 1 min 33° 20° above NW 33° above NW  
Sat Sep 26, 8:31 PM 3 min 39° 23° above NW 29° above NE  
Sat Sep 26, 10:07 PM < 1 min 12° 12° above WNW 12° above WNW  
Sun Sep 27, 7:44 PM 4 min 39° 27° above NW 12° above ENE  
Sun Sep 27, 9:20 PM < 1 min 32° 22° above WNW 32° above NW  
Mon Sep 28, 8:33 PM 2 min 49° 25° above NW 45° above NE  
Mon Sep 28, 10:08 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above WNW 10° above WNW  
Tue Sep 29, 7:46 PM 4 min 42° 24° above NW 15° above ENE  
Tue Sep 29, 9:22 PM < 1 min 27° 22° above WNW 27° above WNW  
Wed Sep 30, 8:35 PM 2 min 80° 27° above WNW 69° above E  
Thu Oct 1, 7:48 PM 4 min 61° 26° above NW 21° above E  
Thu Oct 1, 9:24 PM < 1 min 19° 13° above W 19° above W  
Fri Oct 2, 8:37 PM 2 min 48° 25° above W 48° above SSW  
Sat Oct 3, 7:50 PM 3 min 72° 33° above WNW 22° above SE  
Sat Oct 3, 9:26 PM < 1 min 11° 10° above WSW 11° above WSW  
Sun Oct 4, 7:04 PM 3 min 69° 69° above E 10° above ESE  
Sun Oct 4, 8:39 PM 2 min 21° 16° above WSW 20° above SSW  
Mon Oct 5, 7:53 PM 3 min 31° 28° above WSW 12° above SSE  
2020-09-22 02:36:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 7:36 PM,6 min,50°,10° above SW,11° above ENE|2020-09-22 04:14:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 9:14 PM,2 min,48°,21° above W,48° above N|2020-09-23 03:27:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 8:27 PM,3 min,59°,32° above W,21° above ENE|2020-09-23 05:03:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 10:03 PM,< 1 min,17°,17° above WNW,17° above WNW|2020-09-24 02:40:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 7:40 PM,5 min,78°,34° above WSW,10° above ENE|2020-09-24 04:16:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 9:16 PM,1 min,39°,23° above WNW,39° above NNW|2020-09-25 03:29:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 8:29 PM,3 min,42°,28° above WNW,26° above NE|2020-09-25 05:05:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 10:05 PM,< 1 min,14°,14° above WNW,14° above WNW|2020-09-26 02:42:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 7:42 PM,4 min,48°,35° above WNW,11° above ENE|2020-09-26 04:18:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 9:18 PM,1 min,33°,20° above NW,33° above NW|2020-09-27 03:31:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 8:31 PM,3 min,39°,23° above NW,29° above NE|2020-09-27 05:07:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 10:07 PM,< 1 min,12°,12° above WNW,12° above WNW|2020-09-28 02:44:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 7:44 PM,4 min,39°,27° above NW,12° above ENE|2020-09-28 04:20:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 9:20 PM,< 1 min,32°,22° above WNW,32° above NW|2020-09-29 03:33:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 8:33 PM,2 min,49°,25° above NW,45° above NE|2020-09-29 05:08:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 10:08 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above WNW,10° above WNW|2020-09-30 02:46:00.0,Tue Sep 29, 7:46 PM,4 min,42°,24° above NW,15° above ENE|2020-09-30 04:22:00.0,Tue Sep 29, 9:22 PM,< 1 min,27°,22° above WNW,27° above WNW|2020-10-01 03:35:00.0,Wed Sep 30, 8:35 PM,2 min,80°,27° above WNW,69° above E|2020-10-02 02:48:00.0,Thu Oct 1, 7:48 PM,4 min,61°,26° above NW,21° above E|2020-10-02 04:24:00.0,Thu Oct 1, 9:24 PM,< 1 min,19°,13° above W,19° above W|2020-10-03 03:37:00.0,Fri Oct 2, 8:37 PM,2 min,48°,25° above W,48° above SSW|2020-10-04 02:50:00.0,Sat Oct 3, 7:50 PM,3 min,72°,33° above WNW,22° above SE|2020-10-04 04:26:00.0,Sat Oct 3, 9:26 PM,< 1 min,11°,10° above WSW,11° above WSW|2020-10-05 02:04:00.0,Sun Oct 4, 7:04 PM,3 min,69°,69° above E,10° above ESE|2020-10-05 03:39:00.0,Sun Oct 4, 8:39 PM,2 min,21°,16° above WSW,20° above SSW|2020-10-06 02:53:00.0,Mon Oct 5, 7:53 PM,3 min,31°,28° above WSW,12° above SSE|

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.