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The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 18, 2017 through Wednesday Oct 4, 2017

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Tue Sep 19, 5:16 AM 2 min 23° 15° above N 22° above NE  
Wed Sep 20, 5:59 AM 6 min 68° 12° above NW 10° above SE  
Thu Sep 21, 5:10 AM 3 min 52° 52° above ENE 12° above ESE  
Fri Sep 22, 5:54 AM 2 min 23° 23° above SW 10° above S  
Fri Sep 22, 8:52 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SSW 10° above SSW  
Sat Sep 23, 8:00 PM 2 min 20° 10° above S 20° above SE  
Sun Sep 24, 8:43 PM 3 min 62° 10° above WSW 62° above WNW  
Mon Sep 25, 7:51 PM 6 min 56° 11° above SSW 14° above ENE  
Tue Sep 26, 8:38 PM 2 min 25° 22° above WNW 18° above N  
Wed Sep 27, 7:45 PM 4 min 48° 38° above W 12° above NE  
Thu Sep 28, 8:30 PM 2 min 13° 13° above NW 10° above N  
Fri Sep 29, 7:38 PM 3 min 21° 20° above NW 10° above NNE  
Sun Oct 1, 7:30 PM 2 min 11° 10° above NW 10° above N  
2017-09-19 09:16:00.0,Tue Sep 19, 5:16 AM,2 min,23°,15° above N,22° above NE|2017-09-20 09:59:00.0,Wed Sep 20, 5:59 AM,6 min,68°,12° above NW,10° above SE|2017-09-21 09:10:00.0,Thu Sep 21, 5:10 AM,3 min,52°,52° above ENE,12° above ESE|2017-09-22 09:54:00.0,Fri Sep 22, 5:54 AM,2 min,23°,23° above SW,10° above S|2017-09-23 00:52:00.0,Fri Sep 22, 8:52 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above SSW,10° above SSW|2017-09-24 00:00:00.0,Sat Sep 23, 8:00 PM,2 min,20°,10° above S,20° above SE|2017-09-25 00:43:00.0,Sun Sep 24, 8:43 PM,3 min,62°,10° above WSW,62° above WNW|2017-09-25 23:51:00.0,Mon Sep 25, 7:51 PM,6 min,56°,11° above SSW,14° above ENE|2017-09-27 00:38:00.0,Tue Sep 26, 8:38 PM,2 min,25°,22° above WNW,18° above N|2017-09-27 23:45:00.0,Wed Sep 27, 7:45 PM,4 min,48°,38° above W,12° above NE|2017-09-29 00:30:00.0,Thu Sep 28, 8:30 PM,2 min,13°,13° above NW,10° above N|2017-09-29 23:38:00.0,Fri Sep 29, 7:38 PM,3 min,21°,20° above NW,10° above NNE|2017-10-01 23:30:00.0,Sun Oct 1, 7:30 PM,2 min,11°,10° above NW,10° above N|

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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

Visit the JSC Flickr photo gallery of ISS sightings

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

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