Space Station (ISS) Pass Times December 2016

Space Station (ISS) Pass Times December 2016

Space Station Christmas 2016

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK evening skies during December 2016. There are some great passes leading up to the Christmas period.

The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built. Orbiting Earth at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles. Consequently, spotting the station is very easy and you don't need any special equipment. You only need your eyes!

Fancy some festive fun? You could tell your Children it's Santa on a practice run. Or whatever you think will fire their imaginations. A little bit of magic goes a long way with young children, maybe inspiring them in the future. You never know Santa (The ISS passing over) could encourage a future Einstein, but most of all it's fun.

How to Watch The Space Station

Check out the Beginners Guide to Seeing the ISS. Learn how easy it is to spot sailing over and the Beginners Guide to Photographing the International Space Station (ISS)

All you need to know is when and where the ISS will be passing over your location. The United Kingdom (British Isles) is small enough for most of us who live there to see the ISS at the same time. Neighbouring countries can see the station pass over at roughly the same time also.

You Can Also Watch The Earth LIVE From the Space Station. See the live video here or scroll down below the pass timetable.

The table below gives approximate ISS pass times and basic information, helping you spot the station as it passes over.

Only bright passes seen from the UK (and parts of Western Europe) are listed and the information is approximate. Therefore timings may differ by a few seconds, dependent on observer's location. Times may change at short notice if the Station performs an orbital boost and changes its orbit. All Timings are local UK time.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time, get your cameras ready and enjoy the ISS as it passes over in December. Keep your eyes peeled for meteors, satellites and other objects too, they will be visible most nights!

Good luck, Merry Christmas and clear skies.....

ISS bright UK Pass details for December 2016

Times may change at short notice so please check this page daily for accurate timings

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
21 December 2016 Bright 17:02 W 17:03 E 17:05 Low Pass - Passes Just Below Planet Venus



Data obtained using NORAD Two Line Elements. Table information created manually with with in-house satellite prediction software.

Watch The Earth Live From ISS and See It's Current Location

Live Video of Earth from the International Space Station (ISS)

  • Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
  • Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.
  • No Audio = Normal. There is no audio on purpose. Add your own soundtrack.

ISS Current location


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