International Space Station – UK ISS Passes April 2014

UK ISS Pass details for April 2014


ISS 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 April 2014.

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 and the Beginners Guide to Photographing the International Space Station (ISS).

You can also see this great guide on how to watch and photograph the ISS.

All you need to know is; when and where the ISS will be passing over your location, luckily the United Kingdom (British Isles) is small enough for most of us who live there to see bright ISS passes at the same time. Neighboring countries can see the 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.

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, dependent 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 April and keep your eyes peeled for meteors, satellites and other objects too, they will be visible most nights!

Good luck and clear skies.....

ISS bright UK pass details for April 2014

Enjoy watching the ISS as it passes over.

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
16 April 2014 Incredibly Bright 21:50 W 21:53 E 21:54 Overhead Pass, fades before horizon
17 April 2014 Incredibly Bright 21:02 W 21:05 ESE 21:08 Overhead Pass
17 April 2014 Bright 22:39 W 22:41 SW 22:41 Medium short Pass
18 April 2014 Incredibly Bright 21:50 W 21:54 SE 21:54 Medium Altitude Pass
19 April 2014 Incredibly Bright 21:02 W 21:05 SW 21:08 Overhead Pass
19 April 2014 Bright 22:40 W 22:41 SW 22:41 Short Low Pass
20 April 2014 Bright 21:51 W 21:53 SE 21:55 Medium Low Pass
21 April 2014 Bright 21:02 W 21:05 S 21:08 Medium Pass
23 April 2014 Bright 21:03 W 21:04 S 21:06 Low Pass


Data obtained using NORAD Two Line Elements. Table information created manually with with in-house satellite prediction software. Web version coming soon.

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