UK ISS Pass details for August 2013


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

DateApproximate Brightness of the ISSISS Rises 10°   over the horizon            (start time)ISS Approaches From  (start direction)ISS Highest PointISS Sets/ Goes into Earths Shadow (direction)ISS Goes into Earths ShadowApproximate ISS Pass Details
05 August 2013Very Bright22:15SSW22:17E22:20Low Pass
05 August 2013Very Bright23:50WSW23:53WSW23:53Short Pass, ends before zenith
06 August 2013Bright21:26SSW21:29ENE21:34Low Pass
06 August 2013Incredibly Bright23:02WSW23:05E23:07Overhead Pass
07 August 2013Incredibly Bright22:13SW22:16E22:20Overhead Pass
07 August 2013Incredibly Bright23:50SW23:53NE23:53Overhead Short Pass
08 August 2013Incredibly Bright21:25SW21:28ENE21:33Medium Altitude Pass
08 August 2013Incredibly Bright23:01W23:04E23:06Overhead Pass
09 August 2013Incredibly Bright22:12WSW22:16E22:19Overhead Pass
09 August 2013Incredibly Bright23:49W23:51W23:51Short Pass
10 August 2013Incredibly Bright21:24WSW21:27ENE21:32Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch
10 August 2013Incredibly Bright23:00W23:04E23:05Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch
11 August 2013Incredibly Bright22:11W22:15E22:18Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch
12 August 2013Incredibly Bright21:23W21:26E21:30Overhead Pass Perseid Meteor Shower Peak
12 August 2013Incredibly Bright22:59W23:03ESE23:03Overhead Pass  Perseid Meteor Shower Peak
13 August 2013Incredibly Bright22:11W22:14E22:16Overhead Pass Perseid meteorwatch
14 August 2013Incredibly Bright21:22W21:25E21:29Overhead Pass
14 August 2013Incredibly Bright22:58W23:02SSW23:02Medium Altitude Short Pass
15 August 2013Incredibly Bright22:10W22:13ESE22:14Overhaed Pass
16 August 2013Incredibly Bright21:21W21:24ESE21:27Overhaed Pass
17 August 2013Incredibly Bright22:09W22:12SSE22:13Medium Altitude Pass
18 August 2013Incredibly Bright21:20W21:23ESE21:26Overhaed Pass
19 August 2013Bright22:08W22:11S22:11Low Pass
20 August 2013Very Bright21:19W21:22SE21:24Medium Altitude Pass
21 August 2013Bright22:07WSW22:09SSW22:10Very Low Pass
22 August 2013Bright21:18W21:20SSE21:23Very Low Pass

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