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ISS – International Space Station Passes UK December 2017

UK ISS Pass details for December 2017

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

The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built, it can be spotted with the naked eye at certain times as it orbits Earth at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles.

Spotting the station is very easy and you don't need any special equipment. You only need your eyes!

Check out the Beginners Guide to Seeing the ISS to learn how easy it is to spot sailing over and the Beginners Guide to Photographing the International Space Station (ISS).

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 (British Isles) is small enough for most of us who live there to see the ISS at the same time. Neighboring countries can see the station pass over at roughly the same time also.

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.

There won't be a Christmas Eve pass over the UK this year, but if you fancy some festive fun You could tell your Children it's Santa on a practice run. Or whatever you think will fire their imaginations. A little bit of magic goes a long way with young children, maybe inspiring them in the future. You never know you might encourage a future Einstein, but most of all have fun!

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 from the Geminid Meteor shower, satellites and other objects too, they will be visible most nights!

Good luck and clear skies.....

ISS bright UK pass details for December 2017

Times may change at short notice so please check this page daily for accurate timings

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
13 December 2017 Incredibly Bright 17:02 W 17:05 ESE 17:08 Overhead Pass
13 December 2017 Faint 18:39 W 18:41 SSW 18:42 Low Pass
14 December 2017 Bright 17:46 W 17:49 SSE 17:51 Medium Altitude Pass
15 December 2017 Very Bright 16:54 W 16:57 SE 17:00 Medium Altitude Pass
16 December 2017 Faint 17:39 WSW 17:40 S 17:42 Very Low Pass
17 December 2017 Faint 16:46 W 16:48 SSE 16:51 Low Pass
19 December 2017 Faint 16:39 SW 16:40 SSE 16:41 Very Low Pass

THE ISS WILL RETURN TO UK EVENING SKIES FEBRUARY 2018

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

Live Video of Earth from the International Space Station (ISS)

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