If you’ve missed International Space Station Sighting Earlier, Here’s Your Chance

NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) is hovering above Chandigarh these days again. According to NASA’s Spot the Station, the space station will be in sight in Chandigarh till January 1, 2017. It can be witnessed as a bright glowing star passing at a significant speed.

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Dec 19, 2016 through Sunday Jan 1, 2016.


Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears
Mon Dec 19, 6:05 PM 5 min 26° 11° above NNW 10° above E
Mon Dec 19, 7:43 PM < 1 min 16° 16° above WSW 16° above WSW
Tue Dec 20, 6:49 PM 6 min 41° 10° above WNW 11° above SSE
Wed Dec 21, 5:57 PM 6 min 79° 11° above NW 10° above SE
Thu Dec 22, 6:45 PM < 1 min 12° 12° above SW 10° above SSW
Fri Dec 23, 5:50 PM 5 min 29° 11° above WNW 11° above S
Wed Dec 28, 6:57 AM < 1 min 17° 11° above SSW 17° above SSW
Thu Dec 29, 6:06 AM 2 min 26° 11° above S 26° above SE
Fri Dec 30, 5:15 AM < 1 min 11° 10° above SSE 11° above SE
Fri Dec 30, 6:50 AM 6 min 37° 10° above WSW 10° above NNE
Sat Dec 31, 5:59 AM 5 min 89° 25° above SW 11° above NE
Sun Jan 32, 5:10 AM 1 min 19° 19° above ENE 11° above ENE
Sun Jan 1, 6:43 AM 4 min 15° 11° above WNW 10° above N


How Can You Spot The Station?

What does all this sighting information mean?

 Time:  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

If you happen to see a fast moving light in the sky, don’t be mistaken to ignore it as an ordinary aircraft. It can be the International Space Station!

Don’t miss it!

Related: International Space Station Smiles In Chandigarh Sky


Image Credits: Google Images

Coverage: NASA’s Spot the Station