UK ISS Pass details for December 2013
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.
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|