ISS (International Space Station) UK Passes February 2013.

ISS UK Pass details for February 2013.


Long Exposure photo of a visible ISS pass Credit: Mark Humpage

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with bright passes during February 2013.

The ISS is a large Space Station/ laboratory orbiting the Earth, it can be spotted with the naked eye at certain times as it orbits the planet at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles.

Spotting the ISS is very easy and you don’t need any special equipment, only your eyes.

See the Beginners Guide to Seeing the ISS to see how easy it is to spot it sailing over. You can also see this great guide on how to watch and photograph the ISS.

All you need to know is; when and where the ISS will be passing over your location, luckily the United Kingdom is small enough for most of us who live there to see bright ISS passes at the same time.

Only these bright passes are included in the predictions and the fainter, less easy ones have been left out.

The table below gives approximate ISS pass times and basic information and will help you spot the station as it passes over.
Only bright passes which can be seen from the UK are listed and the information is approximate.  Timings may differ by a few tens of seconds, dependant on observer’s location. Times may change at short notice if the Station performs an orbital boost and changes its orbit. All Times are GMT – UTC.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time, get your cameras ready and enjoy the ISS as it passes over in February

Good luck and clear skies…..

ISS bright UK pass details for February 2013

Date Approximate Brightness of the ISS
ISS Rises 10°      over the horizon            (start time) ISS Approaches From  (start direction) ISS Highest Point ISS Sets/ Goes into Earths Shadow (direction) ISS Goes into Earths Shadow Approximate ISS Pass Details
13 February 2013 Incredibly Bright 19:10 WSW 19:13 SE 19:14 Near Overhead Pass
14 February 2013 Very Bright 18:19 WSW 18:23 E 18:25 Medium Altitude Pass
15 February 2013 Incredibly Bright 19:05 W 19:08 E 19:09 Overhead Pass
16 February 2013 Incredibly Bright 18:14 WSW 18:18 E 18:21 Overhead Pass
17 February 2013 Incredibly Bright 19:00 W 19:03 E 19:05 Overhead Pass
18 February 2013 Incredibly Bright 18:09 W 18:13 E 18:16 Overhead Pass
19 February 2013 Incredibly Bright 18:55 W 18:58 ESE 19:00 Overhead Pass
20 February 2013 Incredibly Bright 18:04 W 18:08 E 18:11 Overhead Pass
20 February 2013 Very Bright 19:41 WNW 19:44 SW 19:44 Medium Altitude Pass
21 February 2013 Incredibly Bright 18:50 W 18:53 ESE 18:55 Near Overhead Pass
22 February 2013 Bright 19:36 W 19:39 S 19:39 Low Pass
23 February 2013 Very Bright 18:45 W 18:48 SE 18:51 Medium Altitude Pass

Enjoy watching the ISS as it passes over

22 Responses to “ISS (International Space Station) UK Passes February 2013.”

  • karl says:

    is the iss curently manned? and if so can contact be made sill via amatuer radio on 145,800 as it passes over the uk?

  • Pamela says:

    it would be really useful to have a note of the elevation for each pass; if it’s too low I can’t see the ISS as I have too many trees and hills around me. I don’t want to freeze staring up in the sky if it’s passing at 13o elevation and thus invisible to me!

  • Mark says:

    I may be a humble simpleton, but I dont understand why there are 2 passes on the 20th, an hour and forty minutes apart. Does it have a reverse gear!? Im sure Im missing something thats obvious to everyone else…

  • Anne says:

    How does it not hit any other space hardware? such as satelites?

  • Tim Worrall says:

    Passed over lancahire tonite and was totally amazed by it, got a couple of shots as it passed overhead, a bit wobbly but not bad for a first attempt, will be looking out for it again tomorrow. Great info from this site.

  • DanE says:

    Amazing!! Just saw the ISS pass literally directly over my house! The info provided on this site was bang on! Thanks a lot!

  • navig8 says:

    Great information, thanks.

    I was expecting an “overhead pass” tonight (17thFeb) and I was surprised how low in the sky it was. We are at Latitude 56.537. Where do you calculate your pass details (zenith) from and roughly how much difference is there across the UK?

    • Meteorwatch says:

      Pass details are calculated for Oxford UK and the further North you are the lower the ISS will appear in relation to the horizon. All passes in this table are visible from all parts of the UK

  • Vivienne says:

    Superb view of ISS as it passed through clear skies over South-West Devon 20 minutes ago.

  • Nathan says:

    Why can the ISS be seen for only some parts of the year?

  • roy sykes says:

    How can the ISS be seen for such a long period of time in any local spot if its travelling at 17,000 mph

    • Meteorwatch says:

      Its reflected sunlight. The station passes occasionally over parts of the Earth where it reflects sunlight back to earth for a few minutes. This is when we can see it pass over. The station orbits every 90 minutes but is not in the right position to reflect sunlight and can also be on the day side to not be seen

  • Martin says:

    Excellent – just saw ISS in between cloud breaks – hopefully clear skies tomorrow

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