ISS visible again in the evening sky

During the first 2 weeks of February the International Space Station (ISS) is making a series of passes over the UK during the early evening (around 18:00 / 19:00UT). Always fun to watch if the skies are clear, the space station is a great way to introduce space and astronomy to friends and neighbours, particularly children. And of course, as an extra talking point, Venus will be a brilliant beacon in the south-west at this time. In fact Venus at mag -4.6 will make an interesting magnitude comparison with the ISS.

 From London particularly good passes (i.e. high elevation) are:

Feb 2 at 18:50, mag -3.3, max elevation 63 degree in SSE

Feb 3 at 17:58, mag -2.8, max elevation 46 degree in SSE

Feb 4 at 18:42, mag -3.4, max elevation 85degree in S

Feb 6 at 18:34, mag -3.4, max elevation 86 degree in N

 On Feb 2 the ISS passes just a few degrees south of Venus.

 The London times given above are when the space station will first appear in the west.  Maximum elevation occurs a couple of minutes later. For a complete list of pass times and locations visit the Heavens Above web site at and either select a location or enter your latitude and longitude.

 Since 2014 the ISS has been equipped with high definition earth viewing cameras. These can be accessed at If the image is blank it means that the ISS is on the night side of the Earth.

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