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ISS – International Space Station Passes UK Summer 2018

UK ISS Pass details for Summer 2018

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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 Summer.

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.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time, get your cameras ready and enjoy the ISS as it passes over in Summer 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 Summer 2018

Pass times listed in white text are evening passes. Passes listed in grey are after midnight/ before dawn.

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
3 August 2018 Incredibly Bright 21:53 W 21:56 SE 21:58 Medium Altitude Pass
4 August 2018 Bright 22:38 WSW 22:40 SSW 22:41 Low Pass
5 August 2018 Very Bright 21:45 W 21:48 SSE 21:51 Medium Altitude Pass
7 August 2018 Faint 21:39 WSW 21:40 SSW 21:41 Low Pass

THE ISS WILL RETURN TO UK EVENING SKIES LATE SEPTEMBER 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)

' Live streaming video by Ustream

  • Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
  • Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.
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