International Space Station – UK ISS Passes December 2013

UK ISS Pass details for December 2013


ISS image taken December 22nd Credit: Mark Humpage

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great passes during December 2013.

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 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 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, 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 time.

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

Good luck, clear skies and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.....

ISS bright UK pass details for December 2013

Enjoy watching the ISS as it passes over.

26 December 2013 Very Bright 18:00 W 18:03 SE 18:05 Medium Altitude Pass
27 December 2013 Very Bright 17:11 W 17:14 SE 17:17 Medium/ Overhead Pass
28 December 2013 Bright 18:00 W 18:02 SSE 18:04 Very Low Pass
29 December 20133 Bright 17:11 W 17:14 SSE 17:16 Very Low Pass


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

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