International Space Station – UK ISS Passes August 2013

UK ISS Pass details for August 2013


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

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
05 August 2013 Very Bright 22:15 SSW 22:17 E 22:20 Low Pass
05 August 2013 Very Bright 23:50 WSW 23:53 WSW 23:53 Short Pass, ends before zenith
06 August 2013 Bright 21:26 SSW 21:29 ENE 21:34 Low Pass
06 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 23:02 WSW 23:05 E 23:07 Overhead Pass
07 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 22:13 SW 22:16 E 22:20 Overhead Pass
07 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 23:50 SW 23:53 NE 23:53 Overhead Short Pass
08 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 21:25 SW 21:28 ENE 21:33 Medium Altitude Pass
08 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 23:01 W 23:04 E 23:06 Overhead Pass
09 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 22:12 WSW 22:16 E 22:19 Overhead Pass
09 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 23:49 W 23:51 W 23:51 Short Pass
10 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 21:24 WSW 21:27 ENE 21:32 Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch
10 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 23:00 W 23:04 E 23:05 Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch
11 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 22:11 W 22:15 E 22:18 Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch
12 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 21:23 W 21:26 E 21:30 Overhead Pass Perseid Meteor Shower Peak
12 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 22:59 W 23:03 ESE 23:03 Overhead Pass  Perseid Meteor Shower Peak
13 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 22:11 W 22:14 E 22:16 Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch
14 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 21:22 W 21:25 E 21:29 Overhead Pass
14 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 22:58 W 23:02 SSW 23:02 Medium Altitude Short Pass
15 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 22:10 W 22:13 ESE 22:14 Overhaed Pass
16 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 21:21 W 21:24 ESE 21:27 Overhaed Pass
17 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 22:09 W 22:12 SSE 22:13 Medium Altitude Pass
18 August 2013 Incredibly Bright 21:20 W 21:23 ESE 21:26 Overhaed Pass
19 August 2013 Bright 22:08 W 22:11 S 22:11 Low Pass
20 August 2013 Very Bright 21:19 W 21:22 SE 21:24 Medium Altitude Pass
21 August 2013 Bright 22:07 WSW 22:09 SSW 22:10 Very Low Pass
22 August 2013 Bright 21:18 W 21:20 SSE 21:23 Very Low Pass

30 Responses to “International Space Station – UK ISS Passes August 2013”

  • margaret heron says:

    Great Fabulous absolutly love checking out ISS most evenin gs over Scotland just now. I am a grandmother and I am totally in awe of this great sight. Incredible clear sightings with naked eye and I dont have great eyesight! Many thanks for your efficient timetable of sightings.

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  • Wendy Ackers says:

    Hi I live in the Vendee in west France, are there any flight information charts for here.
    Thank you.
    Wendy Ackers

  • Peter Lanks says:

    Hi, PERFECT !!!!!

    Perfect data, perfect on time and perfectly visibility tonite 13/12


  • Peter Lanks says:

    Hi, PERFECT !!!!!

    Perfect data, perfect on time and perfect visibility tonite 13/12



  • Jake says:

    This evening (20:24) i was looking at the sky when i noticed a fairly faint star moving slowly away from another near it then it disappeared and i figured i was just not focusing properly.
    After a few seconds it reappeared in the spot where it vanished (having not covered any more sky)and continued moving eastward at the same speed before disappearing again. This pattern continued all the way across the sky until it was hidden by nearby roof line.
    Any idea what this was???

  • Lucie says:

    Just seen what I believe to be a space station passing over North Lindon at approximately 4.30-35am. Was certainly too high to be anything in our stratosphere but too slow to be a meteor. Got a lovely long look at it by pure chance!

  • Robert says:

    Must be my imagination as I watched it go across Wales to night at 11.27pm it was followed by another light which stayed the same distance but was not so bright, so it must be some sort of reflection.

  • christine says:

    what about after 17th June, please

  • James says:

    2208 to 2314? That sounds like a very slow pass 😉

  • Carl G says:

    !0:14pm 15th June BST west of London but still inside the orbital car-park (M25). Went to put the bin out, saw a bright object transiting from west to south-east at medium altitude – was that the ISS? very clear and bright – not sure what else it could be.

  • Patrick Quinn says:

    I saw a message on Twitter saying it would be worth a look tonight (12/06/14)with a link to this web site.

    It was, as you forecast, incredibly bright.

    Thank you.

  • Meteorwatch says:

    It is purpose made

  • Anna says:

    Hi, re space station passing London on 14 April – can anyone resolve an argument? We saw a small faint light pass over and then a couple of minutes later a brighter one. Was the space station the brighter one, or was that a plane? Is it plausible a different fainter object passed over first in the same direction? Thanks

  • Richard Knisely-Marpole says:

    The caption on the image of the ISS pass says “Long Exposure”, but to me it looks more like around 30 exposures stitched together. Lovely image though!

  • Linda Kennell says:

    I would like to know when the space ststion goes over England through out 2014

    • Meteorwatch says:

      The station starts it’s next set of passes in April and times will be put on the site closer to then.
      Sets of passes usually last around 2 weeks and are separated by approximately a 6 week period
      Unfortunately due to the changeable nature of the stations orbit, accurate predictions of when it is due to pass over can only be made within a week of the passes and future passes are a guess at best, therefore only imminent passes will be listed. At present only the UK is covered, but other countries will get pass information soon.
      Hope this helps
      The meteorwatch team


    nice this web. i neeed the pass of the ISS por 10.24North 74.50 WEST

  • Victoria Fricker says:

    Good evening

    I just wanted to say a big thank you for making my three year old grandson the happiest boy in the world. He has just seen ‘Father Christmas’ flying past in the night sky and his Christmas is complete.

    Hopefully he is going to get very interested in our universe; all he has asked for Christmas since last summer is a telescope to study the skies with. Oh well, time will tell.

    Thank you once again and kind regards.

    Victoria Fricker

  • Jack says:

    Will ‘santa’ pass over the whole of England at the same time?

  • clare wood says:

    Will l be able to see ISS from Madrid if so what time?

  • dee Green says:

    I’ve just seen the iss pass over about 3 minutes ago even though you don’t have it listed to pass til 22:12 (15th August) as I have a tracker so will get to see it twice tonight hopefully!!

  • Roger says:

    Your site backed up my guess, thank you. An incredible site – really bright.

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