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ISS UK Pass details for April 2013.

Please see UK ISS Pass details for August 2013. for current passes.


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

The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with bright passes during April 2013.

The ISS is a large Space Station/ laboratory 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.

See the Beginners Guide to Seeing the ISS to see how easy it is to spot it sailing over. 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 is small enough for most of us who live there to see bright ISS passes at the same time.

Only these 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 and 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 tens of 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 April

Good luck and clear skies…..

ISS bright UK pass details for April 2013

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
9 April 2013  Bright 21:02 SSW 21:04 ESE 21:06 Low Pass
10 April 2013 Incredibly Bright 21:47 WSW 21:50 ESE 21:51 Near overhead, Disappears past zenith
11 April 2013 Very Bright 20:57 SW 21:00 E 21:03 Medium Altitude Pass
12 April 2013 Incredibly Bright 21:43 W 21:46 E 21:48 Overhead Pass
13 April 2013 Incredibly Bright 20:52 WSW 20:56 E 20:59 Overhead Pass
13 April 2013 Incredibly Bright 22:29 W 22:32 WNW 22:32 Short Pass, Disappears before zenith
14 April 2013 Incredibly Bright 21:39 W 21:42 E 21:44 Overhead Pass
15 April 2013 Incredibly Bright 20:48 W 20:51 E 20:55 Overhead Pass
15 April 2013 Incredibly Bright 22:25 W 22:28 SW 22:28 Short Pass, Disappears before zenith
16 April 2013 Incredibly Bright 21:34 W 21:37 E 21:39 Overhead Pass
17 April 2013 Incredibly Bright 20:44 W 20:47 E 20:51 Overhead Pass
17 April 2013 Very Bright 22:20 W 22:23 SSW 22:23 Short Pass, Disappears before zenith
18 April 2013 Incredibly Bright 21:30 W 21:33 ESE 21:35 Near Overhead Pass
19 April 2013 Very Bright 22:16 W 22:19 SSW 22:19 Medium Altitude short Pass
20 April 2013 Very Bright 21:25 W 21:28 SE 21:30 Medium Altitude Pass
22 April 2013 Bright 21:21 W 21:23 SSE 21:24 Very Low Altitude Pass

Enjoy watching the ISS as it passes over

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