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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

Date Approximate Brightness Rises 10°      over the horizon            (start time) Approaches From  (start direction) Highest Point Sets/ Goes into Earths Shadow (direction) Goes into Earths Shadow Approximate Pass Details
08 August 2012 Very Bright 22:09:00 SW 22:12:24 E 22:15 Low Pass
09 August 2012 Incredibly Bright 21:17:00 SSW 21:19:29 E 21:22 Very low Pass, may not be visible in Northern locations
09 August 2012 Incredibly Bright 22:52:00 WSW 22:55:37 E 22:57 Near Overhead Pass
10 August 2012 Incredibly Bright 21:59:00 WSW 22:02:32 E 22:06 Near Overhead Pass
10 August 2012 Incredibly Bright 23:36:00 W 23:38:33 WNW 23:39 Disappears almost overhead
11 August 2012 Incredibly Bright 22:43:00 W 22:45:45 E 22:47 Overhead Pass
12 August 2012 Incredibly Bright 21:49:00 WSW 21:52:39 E 21:56 Overhead Pass
12 August 2012 Incredibly Bright 23:26:00 W 23:28:43 W 23:29 Disappears almost overhead
13 August 2012 Incredibly Bright 22:33:00 W 22:36:00 E 22:37 Overhead Pass
14 August 2012 Incredibly Bright 21:40:00 W 21:42:45 E 21:46 Overhead Pass
14 August 2012 Very Bright 23:16:00 W 23:18:38 WSW 23:19 Disappears almost overhead
15 August 2012 Incredibly Bright 22:23:00 W 22:26:00 E 22:27 Overhead Pass
16 August 2012 Incredibly Bright 21:30:00 W 21:32:48 E 21:36 Overhead Pass


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