International Space Station – UK ISS Passes December 2013

UK ISS Pass details for December 2013

ISS image taken December 22nd Credit: Mark Humpage

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 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 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 and clear skies…..

ISS bright UK pass details for December 2013

Enjoy watching the ISS as it passes over.

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
14 December 2013 Incredibly Bright 17:56 SW 18:00 SE 18:00 Medium Pass, disappears overhead
15 December 2013 Very Bright 17:07 SSW 17:10 E 17:13 Medium Low Pass
16 December 2013 Incredibly Bright 17:54 WSW 17:57 ESE 17:58 Disappears Overhead
17 December 2013 Incredibly Bright 17:05 SW 17:08 E 17:11 Overhead Pass, fades before horizon
18 December 2013 Incredibly Bright 17:52 W 17:55 E 17:56 Overhead Pass, fades before horizon
19 December 2013 Incredibly Bright 17:02 WSW 17:06 E 17:08 Overhead Pass, fades before horizon
20 December 2013 Incredibly Bright 17:49 W 17:53 E 17:54 Disappears  Three Quarters overhead
21 December 2013 Incredibly Bright 17:00 W 17:03 E 17:06 Overhead Pass
22 December 2013 Incredibly Bright 17:47 W 17:50 ESE 17:52 Overhead Pass
23 December 2013 Incredibly Bright 16:57 W 17:01 E 17:04 Overhead Pass
23 December 2013 Bright 18:34 W 18:37 SW 18:37 Medium Altitude Pass, Disappears overhead
24 December  2013 Incredibly Bright 17:44 W 17:48 SE 17:50 Overhead Pass
25 December 2013 Incredibly Bright 16:55 W 16:58 ESE 18:35 Low Pass
25 December 2013 Bright 18:32 W 18:34 S 19:27 Overhead Pass
26 December 2013 Very Bright 17:42 W 17:45 SE 17:48 Medium Altitude Pass
27 December  2013 Very Bright 16:52 W 16:55 SE 17:01 Medium/ Overhead Pass
27 December  2013 Bright 18:30 WSW 18:31 SE 18:35 Very Low Pass
28 December 2013 Bright 17:39 W 17:42 SSE 17:47 Very Low Pass
29 December 20133 Bright 16:49 W 16:52 SSE 16:57 Very Low Pass
31 December 2013 Bright 16:47 WSW 16:49 SSE 16:53 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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