Space Station pass times and details for the UK – Spring 2020
The International Space Station – ISS is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during Spring 2020.
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 space station is very 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 this Spring.
How To Watch The 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 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, 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. Timings may differ by a few seconds, dependent on the observer’s location. Times may change at short notice if the 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…..
Space Station – ISS bright UK pass details for Spring 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|
|30 March 2020||Incredibly bright||21:32||W||21:35||SE||21:36||Medium Pass – Disappears Before Horizon|
|31 March 2020||Incredibly Bright||20:45||W||20:48||ESE||20:50||Overhead Pass|
|01 April 2020||Very Bright||21:34||W||21:37||SSE||21:38||Medium Altitude Pass|
|02 April 2020||Very Bright||20:47||W||20:50||SSE||20:52||Medium Pass – Passes Near Venus|
|03 April 2020||Bright||21:37||SW||21:39||SW||21:40||Low Pass|
|04 April 2020||Very Bright||20:49||W||20:51||SSE||20:54||Low Pass|
THE ISS WILL RETURN TO UK EVENING SKIES MAY 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)
- 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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