ISS – International Space Station Passes UK May/ June 2016

UK ISS Pass details for May/ June 2016


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

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during Spring 2016 with UK Astronaut Major Tim Peake.

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.

Passes listed in the table in white type are PM and passes in blue type are in the small hours before dawn. All passes will have alerts posted by @VirtualAstro on Twitter.

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

Good luck and clear skies.....

ISS bright UK pass details for May/ June 2016

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
31 May 2016 Incredibly Bright 00:49 W 00:52 E 00:56 Overhead Pass
31 May 2016 Incredibly Bright 02:25 W 02:28 S 02:29 Medium Altitude Pass
31 May 2016 Incredibly Bright 22:19 W 22:23 SE 22:28 Overhead Pass
31 May 2016 Incredibly Bright 23:56 W 23:59 SE 00:03 Overhead Pass
01 June 2016 Incredibly Bright 01:32 W 01:35 S 01:36 Disappears Overhead
01 June 2016 Incredibly Bright 23:03 W 23:06 SE 23:11 Overhead Pass
02 June 2016 Incredibly Bright 00:40 W 00:43 SE 00:44 Overhead Pass
02 June 2016 Incredibly Bright 22:10 W 22:14 E 22:19 Overhead Pass
02 June 2016 Incredibly Bright 23:47 W 23:50 E 23:53 Overhead Pass
03 June 2016 Incredibly Bright 22:54 W 22:57 E 23:01 Overhead Pass
04 June 2016 Incredibly Bright 00:30 W 00:33 S 00:34 Disappears Overhead
04 June 2016 Incredibly Bright 22:01 W 22:04 E 22:10 Overhead Pass
04 June 2016 Incredibly Bright 23:37 W 23:41 E 23:43 Overhead Pass
05 June 2016 Incredibly Bright 22:42 W 22:48 E 22:51 Overhead Pass
06 June 2016 Incredibly Bright 23:28 W 23:31 SE 23:33 Medium Altitude Pass
07 June 2016 Incredibly Bright 22:36 W 22:39 SE 22:42 Overhead Pass
08 June 2016 Very Bright 23:19 W 23:22 S 23:23 Overhead Pass
09 June 2016 Very Bright 22:26 W 22:29 SE 22:32 Medium Altitude Pass
10 June 2016 Bright 23:11 W 23:12 S 23:14 Very low Pass
11 June 2016 Bright 22:17 W 22:20 SE 22:23 Low Pass


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

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