ISS, January 2021, International Space Station, UK
ISS Pass Credit @Mark_Humpage

International Space Station pass times and details for the UK – Autumn 2021

International Space Station UK Pass Times – The International Space Station – ISS is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during September and October 2021.

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

Spotting the space station is especially easy and you don’t need any special equipment. You only need your eyes! Read the rest of this post to find out when and how you can spot the space station in autumn 2021.

How To Watch The Space Station

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

You can also see this great guide on how to photograph the ISS with your iPhone.

All you need to know is when and where the International space station 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. Neighbouring countries can see the space station pass over at roughly the same time also.

Only bright passes are included in the predictions and the fainter, as a result, less easy ones have been left out.

When To Watch The Space Station

The table below gives approximate pass times and basic information, this will help you spot the ISS as it passes over.

Only bright passes which can be seen from the UK are listed and the information is approximate. Therefore, UK Pass Times may differ by a few seconds, dependent on the observer’s location. Consequently, UK pass times may change at short notice if the International Space 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 and keep your eyes peeled for meteors, satellites and other objects too, they will be visible most nights!

Good luck and clear skies…..

International Space Station – ISS bright UK pass times for Autumn 2021

UK ISS Pass Times may differ slightly compared to other sources and can change at short notice, so please check this page daily for accurate timings.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Night Sky Show at a theatre near you when before or when you have watched the ISS fly over.

ISS, Night Sky Show, Space Station, UK ISS Pass Times, UK
DateBrightnessRises 10° over the horizon (start time)Approaches From (start direction)Highest Point This PassSets/ Goes into Earths Shadow (direction)Goes into Earths ShadowApproximate ISS Pass Details
27 September 2021 Incredibly Bright 20:51 W 20:55 S 20:55 Disappears Overhead
28 September 2021 Incredibly Bright 20:04 W 20:07 ESE 20:09 Overhead Pass
29 September 2021 Incredibly Bright 19:17 W 19:20 E 19:23 Overhead Pass
29 September 2021 Incredibly Bright 20:54 W 20:57 SSW 20:57 Short Medium Altitude pass
30 September 2021 Incredibly Bright 20:06 WSW 20:10 WSW 20:11 Overhead Pass
01 October 2021 Incredibly Bright 19:19 W 19:22 ESE 19:26 Overhead Pass
02 October 2021 Very Bright 20:09 W 20:12 SSE 20:14 Medium Altitude Pass
03 October 2021 Incredibly Bright 19:21 W 19:25 SE 19:28 Medium Altitude Pass
04 October 2021 Faint 20:12 WSW 20:14 SW 20:16 Very Low Pass
05 October 2021 Faint 19:24 W 19:27 SSE 19:29 Low Pass


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