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UK ISS Pass details for February 2014

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

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 February 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. 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 February 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 February 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
10 February 2014 Bright 18:33 SW 18:36 SE 18:38 Medium Pass, disappears before the horizon
11 February 2014 Bright 17:45 SSW 17:48 E 17:51 Medium Low Pass
11 February 2014 Very Bright 19:21 WSW 19:24 SSW 19:24 Disappears Overhead
12 February 2014 Incredibly Bright 18:33 SW 18:36 SSE 18:37 Medium Pass, fades before horizon
13 February 2014 Incredibly Bright 19:21 W 19:24 SSW 19:24 Disappears Overhead
14 February 2014 Incredibly Bright 18:32 WSW 18:35 E 18:37 Overhead Pass, fades before horizon
15 February 2014 Incredibly Bright 19:20 W 19:23 E 19:23 Disappears overhead
16 February 2014 Incredibly Bright 18:31 W 18:35 E 18:37 Overhead Pass
17 February 2014 Incredibly Bright 19:19 W 19:23 SSE 19:23 Overhead Pass, Disappears overhead
18 February 2014 Incredibly Bright 18:31 W 18:34 SSE 18:36 Medium Overhead Pass
19 February 2014 Incredibly Bright 19:19 W 19:22 SW 19:23 Overhead Pass, fades before horizon
20 February 2014 Incredibly Bright 18:30 W 18:33 SE 18:36 Overhead Pass
21 February 2014 Bright 19:18 W 19:21 S 19:23 Medium Altitude Pass
22 February 2014 Very Bright 18:29 W 18:32 S 18:36 Medium Altitude Pass
23 February 2014 Bright 19:18 WSW 19:20 SSE 19:23 Very Low Pass
24 February 2014 Bright 18:29 W 18:31 SSE 18:36 Low Pass
26 February 2014 Bright 18:29 SW 18:30 S 18:30 Very 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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