UK ISS Pass details for August 2013
The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great passes during August 2013. There is a special bonus this time as the passes take place during the Perseid Meteor Shower – you may see shooting stars too!
The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built orbiting the Earth, it can be spotted with the naked eye at certain times as it orbits the planet at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles.
Spotting the station is very easy and you don’t need any special equipment, only your eyes.
Check out the Beginners Guide to Seeing the ISS to learn how easy it is to spot sailing over. You can also see this great guide on how to watch and photograph the ISS. To find out how to see the meteors check out How to Observe Meteors so you can enjoy the Perseid meteorwatch too.
All you need to know is; when and where the ISS will be passing over your location, luckily the United Kingdom is small enough for most of us who live there to see bright ISS passes at the same time.
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, dependant 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 August and keep your eyes peeled for meteors too, they will be visible most nights!
Good luck and clear skies…..
ISS bright UK pass details for August 2013
Enjoy watching the ISS as it passes over and enjoy the Perseid Meteor Shower
|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|
|05 August 2013||Very Bright||22:15||SSW||22:17||E||22:20||Low Pass|
|05 August 2013||Very Bright||23:50||WSW||23:53||WSW||23:53||Short Pass, ends before zenith|
|06 August 2013||Bright||21:26||SSW||21:29||ENE||21:34||Low Pass|
|06 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||23:02||WSW||23:05||E||23:07||Overhead Pass|
|07 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:13||SW||22:16||E||22:20||Overhead Pass|
|07 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||23:50||SW||23:53||NE||23:53||Overhead Short Pass|
|08 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||21:25||SW||21:28||ENE||21:33||Medium Altitude Pass|
|08 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||23:01||W||23:04||E||23:06||Overhead Pass|
|09 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:12||WSW||22:16||E||22:19||Overhead Pass|
|09 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||23:49||W||23:51||W||23:51||Short Pass|
|10 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||21:24||WSW||21:27||ENE||21:32||Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch|
|10 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||23:00||W||23:04||E||23:05||Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch|
|11 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:11||W||22:15||E||22:18||Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch|
|12 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||21:23||W||21:26||E||21:30||Overhead Pass Perseid Meteor Shower Peak|
|12 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:59||W||23:03||ESE||23:03||Overhead Pass Perseid Meteor Shower Peak|
|13 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:11||W||22:14||E||22:16||Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch|
|14 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||21:22||W||21:25||E||21:29||Overhead Pass|
|14 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:58||W||23:02||SSW||23:02||Medium Altitude Short Pass|
|15 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:10||W||22:13||ESE||22:14||Overhaed Pass|
|16 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||21:21||W||21:24||ESE||21:27||Overhaed Pass|
|17 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||22:09||W||22:12||SSE||22:13||Medium Altitude Pass|
|18 August 2013||Incredibly Bright||21:20||W||21:23||ESE||21:26||Overhaed Pass|
|19 August 2013||Bright||22:08||W||22:11||S||22:11||Low Pass|
|20 August 2013||Very Bright||21:19||W||21:22||SE||21:24||Medium Altitude Pass|
|21 August 2013||Bright||22:07||WSW||22:09||SSW||22:10||Very Low Pass|
|22 August 2013||Bright||21:18||W||21:20||SSE||21:23||Very Low Pass|
Great Fabulous absolutly love checking out ISS most evenin gs over Scotland just now. I am a grandmother and I am totally in awe of this great sight. Incredible clear sightings with naked eye and I dont have great eyesight! Many thanks for your efficient timetable of sightings.
thanks for the info
Hi I live in the Vendee in west France, are there any flight information charts for here.
At present the times will be almost identical to those of the UK. I will be doing times for france and other countries in 2015
Hi, PERFECT !!!!!
Perfect data, perfect on time and perfectly visibility tonite 13/12
Hi, PERFECT !!!!!
Perfect data, perfect on time and perfect visibility tonite 13/12
This evening (20:24) i was looking at the sky when i noticed a fairly faint star moving slowly away from another near it then it disappeared and i figured i was just not focusing properly.
After a few seconds it reappeared in the spot where it vanished (having not covered any more sky)and continued moving eastward at the same speed before disappearing again. This pattern continued all the way across the sky until it was hidden by nearby roof line.
Any idea what this was???
Hi Jake, sounds like you were watching a tumbling satellite
Just seen what I believe to be a space station passing over North Lindon at approximately 4.30-35am. Was certainly too high to be anything in our stratosphere but too slow to be a meteor. Got a lovely long look at it by pure chance!
Must be my imagination as I watched it go across Wales to night at 11.27pm it was followed by another light which stayed the same distance but was not so bright, so it must be some sort of reflection.
That was the supply ship
what about after 17th June, please
2208 to 2314? That sounds like a very slow pass 😉
!0:14pm 15th June BST west of London but still inside the orbital car-park (M25). Went to put the bin out, saw a bright object transiting from west to south-east at medium altitude – was that the ISS? very clear and bright – not sure what else it could be.
I saw a message on Twitter saying it would be worth a look tonight (12/06/14)with a link to this web site.
It was, as you forecast, incredibly bright.
It is purpose made
Hi, re space station passing London on 14 April – can anyone resolve an argument? We saw a small faint light pass over and then a couple of minutes later a brighter one. Was the space station the brighter one, or was that a plane? Is it plausible a different fainter object passed over first in the same direction? Thanks
The caption on the image of the ISS pass says “Long Exposure”, but to me it looks more like around 30 exposures stitched together. Lovely image though!
I would like to know when the space ststion goes over England through out 2014
The station starts it’s next set of passes in April and times will be put on the site closer to then.
Sets of passes usually last around 2 weeks and are separated by approximately a 6 week period
Unfortunately due to the changeable nature of the stations orbit, accurate predictions of when it is due to pass over can only be made within a week of the passes and future passes are a guess at best, therefore only imminent passes will be listed. At present only the UK is covered, but other countries will get pass information soon.
Hope this helps
The meteorwatch team
nice this web. i neeed the pass of the ISS por 10.24North 74.50 WEST
I just wanted to say a big thank you for making my three year old grandson the happiest boy in the world. He has just seen ‘Father Christmas’ flying past in the night sky and his Christmas is complete.
Hopefully he is going to get very interested in our universe; all he has asked for Christmas since last summer is a telescope to study the skies with. Oh well, time will tell.
Thank you once again and kind regards.
Will ‘santa’ pass over the whole of England at the same time?
Will l be able to see ISS from Madrid if so what time?
It will and will be visible to the North of you approaching from the West
I’ve just seen the iss pass over about 3 minutes ago even though you don’t have it listed to pass til 22:12 (15th August) as I have a tracker so will get to see it twice tonight hopefully!!
Your site backed up my guess, thank you. An incredible site – really bright.