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

UK ISS Pass details for November/ December 2018

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes during November/ December 2018.

The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built! it can be spotted with the naked eye at certain times as it orbits Earth at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles.

Spotting the station is very easy and you don’t need any special equipment. You only need your eyes! Read the rest of this post to find out when and how you can spot the station this November/ December.

How To Watch The Space Station

Check out the Beginners Guide to Seeing the ISS to learn how easy it is to spot sailing over and the Photographing the International Space Station.

You can also see this great guide on how to photograph the ISS with your iPhone.

All you need to know is when and where the station will be passing over your location. Luckily the United Kingdom (British Isles) is small enough for most of us who live there to see the ISS at the same time. Neighbouring 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.

When To Watch The Space Station

The table below gives approximate 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 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 November/ December 2018

Times may differ slightly to other sources and can change at short notice, so please check this page daily for accurate timings.

Date Brightness Rises 10° over the horizon (start time) Approaches From (start direction) Highest Point This Pass Sets/ Goes into Earths Shadow (direction)  Goes into Earths Shadow Approximate ISS Pass Details
10 December 2018 Bright 18:04 W 18:07 SSE 18:09 Medium Pass
11 December 2018 Very Bright 17:12 W 17:15 SE 17:18 Medium Pass
12 December 2018 Faint 17:57 WSW 17:59 SSW 18:00 Low Pass
13 December 2018 Bright 17:04 W 17:07 SSE 17:09 Medium Pass
15 December 2018 Faint 16:57 W 16:58 SSE 16:59 Very Low Pass


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

Live Video of Earth from the International Space Station (ISS)

Live streaming video by Ustream

  • Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
  • Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.
  • No Audio = Normal. There is no audio on purpose. Add your own soundtrack.

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