UK ISS Pass details for August 2013
August ISS Passes have now ended and the Space Station will return to UK evening skies in Mid October. Stay posted for details
The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great passes during August 2013. There is a special bonus this time as the passes take place during the Perseid Meteor Shower - you may see shooting stars too!
The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built 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 station is very easy and you don’t need any special equipment, only your eyes.
Check out the Beginners Guide to Seeing the ISS to learn how easy it is to spot sailing over. You can also see this great guide on how to watch and photograph the ISS. To find out how to see the meteors check out How to Observe Meteors so you can enjoy the Perseid meteorwatch too.
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 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, this 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 seconds, dependant 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 time.
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time, get your cameras ready and enjoy the ISS as it passes over in August and keep your eyes peeled for meteors too, they will be visible most nights!
Good luck and clear skies…..
ISS bright UK pass details for August 2013
Enjoy watching the ISS as it passes over and enjoy the Perseid Meteor Shower
|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|
|08 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||21:25||SW||21:28||ENE||21:32||Medium Altitude Pass|
|08 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||23:02||W||23:05||E||23:07||Overhead Pass|
|09 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:13||WSW||22:16||E||22:20||Overhead Pass|
|09 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||23:50||W||23:53||W||23:53||Short Pass|
|10 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||21:25||WSW||21:28||ENE||21:31||Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch|
|10 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||23:01||W||23:05||E||23:06||Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch|
|11 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:13||W||22:16||E||22:19||Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch|
|12 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||21:24||W||21:27||E||21:31||Overhead Pass Perseid Meteor Shower Peak|
|12 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||23:01||W||23:04||ESE||23:05||Overhead Pass Perseid Meteor Shower Peak|
|13 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:12||W||22:16||E||22:18||Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch|
|14 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||21:24||W||21:27||E||21:30||Overhead Pass|
|14 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||23:00||W||23:03||SSW||23:03||Medium Altitude Short Pass|
|15 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:12||W||22:15||ESE||22:16||Overhaed Pass|
|16 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||21:23||W||21:26||ESE||21:29||Overhead Pass|
|17 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:11||W||22:14||SSE||22:15||Medium Altitude Pass|
|18 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||21:23||W||21:26||ESE||21:28||Overhead Pass|
|19 August 2013||Bright||22:11||W||22:14||S||22:14||Low Pass|
|20 August 2013||Very Bright||21:22||W||21:25||SE||21:28||Medium Altitude Pass|
|21 August 2013||Bright||22:11||WSW||22:13||SSW||22:14||Very Low Pass|
|22 August 2013||Bright||21:22||W||21:24||SSE||21:27||Very Low Pass|