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

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ISS (International Space Station) UK Pass details for Christmas 2012


It’s meteorwatch and as well as shooting stars from the Perseid meteor shower, we can see some excellent International Space Station (ISS) passes alongside the celestial fireworks.
Spotting perseids and the ISS is incredibly simple and you don’t need any equipment to do so, only your eyes. Please see the Beginners Guide to Seeing the International Space Station (ISS) to see how easy it is to spot it sailing over.

The table below gives approximate ISS pass times and basic information and should help you spot the station as it passes over during the perseid meteorwatch period.
Only bright passes which can be seen from the UK are listed and the information is approximate. Timings may differ by a few tens of seconds, dependant on observers location. All Times are British Summer Time – BST.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time, get your cameras ready and enjoy the ISS passes and meteorwatch.

Good luck and clear skies…..

International Space Station (ISS) bright UK pass details for the 8th to 16th August 2012

DateApproximate BrightnessRises 10°      over the horizon            (start time)Approaches From  (start direction)Highest PointSets/ Goes into Earths Shadow (direction)Goes into Earths ShadowApproximate Pass Details
08 August 2012Very Bright22:09:00SW22:12:24E22:15Low Pass
09 August 2012Incredibly Bright21:17:00SSW21:19:29E21:22Very low Pass, may not be visible in Northern locations
09 August 2012Incredibly Bright22:52:00WSW22:55:37E22:57Near Overhead Pass
10 August 2012Incredibly Bright21:59:00WSW22:02:32E22:06Near Overhead Pass
10 August 2012Incredibly Bright23:36:00W23:38:33WNW23:39Disappears almost overhead
11 August 2012Incredibly Bright22:43:00W22:45:45E22:47Overhead Pass
12 August 2012Incredibly Bright21:49:00WSW21:52:39E21:56Overhead Pass
12 August 2012Incredibly Bright23:26:00W23:28:43W23:29Disappears almost overhead
13 August 2012Incredibly Bright22:33:00W22:36:00E22:37Overhead Pass
14 August 2012Incredibly Bright21:40:00W21:42:45E21:46Overhead Pass
14 August 2012Very Bright23:16:00W23:18:38WSW23:19Disappears almost overhead
15 August 2012Incredibly Bright22:23:00W22:26:00E22:27Overhead Pass
16 August 2012Incredibly Bright21:30:00W21:32:48E21:36Overhead Pass


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