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UK ISS Pass details for August 2013

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Long Exposure photo of a visible ISS pass Credit: Mark Humpage

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

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