Look up!

The International Space Station will make one of its occasional passes right over London tomorrow morning and if you know what to look for, you can watch it pass overhead.

As it is so high above us, it’ll look to be almost exactly overhead pretty much regardless of where you are in London.

As it happens, the space station will be visible from London several times over the next few days — but tomorrow morning (Friday) will be the only where it is actually over London itself.


Assuming the skies are cloud-free, to see the ISS, go outside a few minutes before hand and find a location with a decent view of the sky overhead — a back garden or local park.

Face to the west away from the rising sun.

Depending on how much of the horizon you can see, the space station should start to become visible about 7:11am and be directly overhead at about 7:14am

What you are looking for is a fairly fast flying star in the sky flying in a fast straight line running west to east almost exactly overhead. Although the sun will be rising in the morning, it should still be dark enough to make out the space station. Once you spot it — it will become very obvious to the naked eye.

Give it a wave — the astronauts might be looking down at the same time.


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One comment
  1. olivier says:

    Thanks for this message
    Just went on Thames bank this morning and saw the space station above . Impressive and exactly at time indicated between 07h12 and 07h15. Beautiful morning and had a great coffee after

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