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Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 26, 2022 through Tuesday Oct 11, 2022

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Mon Sep 26, 8:03 PM 5 min 42° 10° above WNW 17° above ENE  
Mon Sep 26, 9:40 PM 1 min 24° 10° above WNW 24° above WNW  
Tue Sep 27, 8:51 PM 4 min 74° 10° above WNW 74° above NE  
Wed Sep 28, 8:02 PM 5 min 57° 10° above WNW 21° above E  
Wed Sep 28, 9:39 PM 1 min 19° 10° above WNW 19° above W  
Thu Sep 29, 8:50 PM 3 min 55° 10° above WNW 55° above SW  
Fri Sep 30, 8:02 PM 5 min 83° 10° above WNW 22° above ESE  
Fri Sep 30, 9:39 PM 1 min 13° 10° above W 13° above WSW  
Sat Oct 1, 8:50 PM 3 min 25° 10° above W 25° above SSW  
Sun Oct 2, 8:02 PM 5 min 38° 10° above WNW 17° above SSE  
Mon Oct 3, 8:53 PM 2 min 11° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  
Tue Oct 4, 8:03 PM 5 min 17° 10° above W 10° above S  
Wed Oct 5, 7:15 PM 6 min 26° 10° above W 10° above SSE  
Fri Oct 7, 7:17 PM 2 min 11° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW  
2022-09-27 03:03:00.0,Mon Sep 26, 8:03 PM,5 min,42°,10° above WNW,17° above ENE|2022-09-27 04:40:00.0,Mon Sep 26, 9:40 PM,1 min,24°,10° above WNW,24° above WNW|2022-09-28 03:51:00.0,Tue Sep 27, 8:51 PM,4 min,74°,10° above WNW,74° above NE|2022-09-29 03:02:00.0,Wed Sep 28, 8:02 PM,5 min,57°,10° above WNW,21° above E|2022-09-29 04:39:00.0,Wed Sep 28, 9:39 PM,1 min,19°,10° above WNW,19° above W|2022-09-30 03:50:00.0,Thu Sep 29, 8:50 PM,3 min,55°,10° above WNW,55° above SW|2022-10-01 03:02:00.0,Fri Sep 30, 8:02 PM,5 min,83°,10° above WNW,22° above ESE|2022-10-01 04:39:00.0,Fri Sep 30, 9:39 PM,1 min,13°,10° above W,13° above WSW|2022-10-02 03:50:00.0,Sat Oct 1, 8:50 PM,3 min,25°,10° above W,25° above SSW|2022-10-03 03:02:00.0,Sun Oct 2, 8:02 PM,5 min,38°,10° above WNW,17° above SSE|2022-10-04 03:53:00.0,Mon Oct 3, 8:53 PM,2 min,11°,10° above WSW,10° above SSW|2022-10-05 03:03:00.0,Tue Oct 4, 8:03 PM,5 min,17°,10° above W,10° above S|2022-10-06 02:15:00.0,Wed Oct 5, 7:15 PM,6 min,26°,10° above W,10° above SSE|2022-10-08 02:17:00.0,Fri Oct 7, 7:17 PM,2 min,11°,10° above WSW,10° above SSW|

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.