International Space Station pass times and details for the UK – May 2020
International Space Station UK Passes – The International Space Station – ISS is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during May 2020.
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 May 2020.
How To Watch The Space Station
Check out the Beginners Guide to Seeing the ISS to learn how easy it is to spot sailing over and the 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 International Space Station 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 May 2020
Times may differ slightly to other sources and can change at short notice, so please check this page daily for accurate timings.
|Date||Brightness||Rises 10° over the horizon (start time)||Approaches From (start direction)||Highest Point This Pass||Sets/ Goes into Earths Shadow (direction)||Goes into Earths Shadow||Approximate ISS Pass Details|
|1 June 2020||Bright||22:13||WSW||22:14||SSW||22:15||Low Pass|
THE ISS WILL RETURN TO UK EVENING SKIES JULY 2020Data 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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Will iss be visible over Coventry during July thanks
It will be visible over the whole of the UK
When in july can we see it over uk? It became a nightly fixture for me during may, something peaceful about just looking up and watching it! Caught site of starlink satellites the sane time one sunday or monday
July times are now on this website 🙂
Is it possible to see it passing over the Ostia Brava Spain, if so what time approximately
Are your times GMT or BST?
The times are in BST
Can confirm they are BST as I just saw it based on June 1 information here.
I had the same question as I totally missed it on May 31, but saw it on May 30 [based on tweet from Tim Peake].
Thanks for the site. I’ve no idea what’s up with the NASA spotthestation site, it just times out for me for some days.
Love the work you put into this, really appreciate it. My goto site for viewing times.
What is HTV-9?
Supply ship for ISS.
HTV-9 = Japanese cargo ship
Supply ship for the ISS
Supply spacecraft to the ISS.
It’s a supply vessel for the ISS
Was it Kounotori 9?
Yes, Kounotori 9 is also known as HTV-9
I watched the fly over at 22:53 on 21/5/20 from N.W.Kent (UK) and saw another much-fainter satellite a few seconds ahead of the ISS. Do you have any idea what it was, please?
What’s the difference between ‘ultra bright’ and ‘incredibly bright’: silly question but which one is brighter?
Ultra bright is the brightest.
Thanks for that. I did wonder the same
If I set my camera to 30 seconds exposure will that take a ‘line’ shot when the picture comes out.?
Hi Paul, yes it will although you might find a 20 second exposure is better as it will make the picture light (I’ve been taking them at 20 this weekend but swapped to 30 last night, you do get a longer trail though).
Your best bet is to see what exposure works for you the best.
Can we not see it until 15th May? I know the timings all depend on a multitude of factors, but could we please have a rough time? So excited!! Have followed ISS for years but never seen it for real??Thank you
Evening passes start 15 May. Morning passes are taking place already
Hi,whens the next starlinks
Follow @VirtualAstro on twitter and facebook for Starlink times and alerts
Looking forward to seeing ISS but on which direction should we look?
It’s all in the timings etc.