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The International Space Station is visible over Wales every evening until June: here’s how to see it

Eagle-eyed skywatchers will have several opportunities to locate NASA’s state-of-the-art space station over Wales in the coming week.

The largest space station ever built, the International Space Station (ISS) orbits Earth at 1,700 miles per hour at an altitude of around 200 miles.

At 357 feet in length it is easy to spot and no special equipment is needed.



The United Kingdom from the ISS on 26 February 2019
The United Kingdom from the ISS on 26 February 2019

To take a look at any night for the rest of May you will need to know when and where it will pass over your position.

The ISS is set to be visible in the Welsh skies during the night and early morning every day until Monday 1 June , usually for a few minutes at a time.

Here are some locations and times across Wales where you may be able to glimpse.

The space station should be visible for at least a 50-mile radius around each of the listed locations.

Cardiff

DateVisibleMax height*appearsdisappears
Mon 18th May, 10:03 pm6 min38th10 ° above SW12 ° above E
Mon 18th May, 11.39pm6 min88th10 ° above W10 ° above E
Tue May 19, 1:164 min77 °10 ° above W42 ° above ESE
Tue May 19, 2:53<1 min11th11 ° above W11 ° above W
Tue 19th May, 22:526 min80 °10th above WSW10 ° above E
Wed 20th May, 12:28 am5 minutes88th10 ° above W27 ° above E
Wed 20th May, 2:05 am1 minute20th11 ° above W20 ° above W
Wed 20th May, 10:04 pm6 min66th10th above WSW12 ° above E
Wed 20th May, 11:41 pm6 min85 °10 ° above W12 ° above E
Thursday May 21, 1:172 minutes36th10 ° above W36 ° above WSW
Thursday 21 May, 22:536 min85 °10 ° above W10 ° above E
Fri 22 May, 00:304 min63 °10 ° above W58 ° above SSE
Friday May 22, 10.05pm6 min88th10 ° above W10 ° above E
Friday 22 May, 11.42pm5 minutes78 °10 ° above W27 ° above ESE
Sat 23 May, 1:19<1 min15th11 ° above W15 ° above W
Sat 23 May, 22:546 min88th10 ° above W10 ° above E
Sunday 24 May, 00:312 minutes34th12 ° above W34 ° above SW
Sunday 24 May, 22:066 min85 °10 ° above W10 ° above E
Sunday 24 May, 23:434 min49th10 ° above W40 ° above SSE
Mon 25 May, 22:556 min64th10 ° above W17th above ESE
Tuesday, May 26, 12:32 am1 minute16th10 ° above W16th above WSW
Tuesday 26 May, 22:086 min78 °15 ° above W10th above ESE
Tuesday 26 May, 23:443 min27th11 ° above W26 ° above SSW
Wed 27 May, 22:575 minutes37th12 ° above W20 ° above SSE
Thursday 28 May, 22:096 min50th12 ° above W11 ° above SE
Thu 28 May, 23:462 minutes13th10th above WSW13 ° above SW
Friday May 29, 10:58 pm4 min19th10 ° above W16th above S
Sat 30 May, 22:105 minutes27th11 ° above W11th above SSE
Mon 1 Jun, 22:123 min14th10th above WSW10 ° above S

Aberystwyth

DateVisibleMax height*appearsdisappears
Mon 18th May, 10:03 pm6 min32 °10 ° above SW10 ° above E
Mon 18th May, 11.39pm6 min74th10th above WSW10 ° above E
Tue May 19, 1:165 minutes66th10 ° above W32 ° above ESE
Tue May 19, 2:53<1 min13th11 ° above W13 ° above W
Tue 19th May, 22:516 min65 °10th above WSW12 ° above E
Wed 20th May, 12:28 am5 minutes75 °10 ° above W22 ° above ESE
Wed 20th May, 2:05 am1 minute19th11 ° above W19th above WSW
Wed 20th May, 10:04 pm6 min53 °10th above WSW11 ° above E
Wed 20th May, 11:40 pm6 min79th10 ° above W12 ° above E
Thursday May 21, 1:173 min38th10 ° above W38 ° above SW
Thursday 21 May, 22:536 min79th10 ° above W10 ° above E
Friday May 22, 12:29 am4 min55th10 ° above W43 ° above SSE
Friday May 22, 10.05pm6 min74th10th above WSW10 ° above E
Friday 22 May, 11.42pm5 minutes66th10 ° above W21 ° above ESE
Sat 23 May, 1:191 minute17th11 ° above W17th above WSW
Sat 23 May, 22:546 min75 °10 ° above W10th above ESE
Sunday 24 May, 00:313 min33 °11 ° above W33 ° above SSW
Sunday 24 May, 22:066 min79th10 ° above W10 ° above E
Sunday 24 May, 23:434 min43 °10 ° above W31 ° above SSE
Mon 25 May, 22:556 min55th10 ° above W14th above ESE
Tuesday, May 26, 12:32 am1 minute16th10 ° above W16th above WSW
Tuesday 26 May, 22:076 min66th10 ° above W10th above ESE
Tuesday 26 May, 23:443 min25th11 ° above W24 ° above SSW
Wed 27 May, 22:565 minutes33 °11 ° above W18th above SSE
Thursday 28 May, 22:086 min44th10 ° above W10 ° above SE
Thu 28 May, 23:462 minutes13th10th above WSW12th above SSW
Friday May 29, 10:58 pm4 min18th10 ° above W13 ° above S
Sat 30 May, 22:105 minutes25th11 ° above W10th above SSE
Mon 1 Jun, 22:123 min13th10th above WSW10 ° above S

Wrexham

DateVisibleMax height*appearsdisappears
Mon 18th May, 10:04 pm6 min30th11 ° above SW10 ° above E
Mon 18th May, 11.39pm6 min66th10th above WSW10 ° above E
Tue May 19, 1:164 min56th10 ° above W36 ° above SE
Tue May 19, 2:53<1 min10th10 ° above W10 ° above W
Tue 19th May, 22:526 min59th10th above WSW11 ° above E
Wed 20th May, 12:28 am5 minutes64th10 ° above W26 ° above ESE
Wed 20th May, 2:05 am1 minute18th11 ° above W18th above WSW
Wed 20th May, 10:04 pm6 min49th10th above WSW11 ° above E
Wed 20th May, 11:41 pm6 min69th10 ° above W12 ° above E
Thursday May 21, 1:182 minutes31st12 ° above W31 ° above WSW
Thursday 21 May, 22:536 min70 °10 ° above W10 ° above E
Fri 22 May, 00:304 min46th10 ° above W43 ° above S
Friday May 22, 10.05pm6 min66th10th above WSW10 ° above E
Friday 22 May, 11.42pm5 minutes56th10 ° above W25 ° above ESE
Sat 23 May, 1:191 minute16th10 ° above W16th above WSW
Sat 23 May, 22:546 min65 °10 ° above W12th above ESE
Sunday 24 May, 00:312 minutes27th11 ° above W27 ° above SW
Sunday 24 May, 22:066 min69th10 ° above W10 ° above E
Sunday 24 May, 23:434 min37th12 ° above W27 ° above SSE
Mon 25 May, 22:556 min47th10 ° above W16th above SE
Tuesday, May 26, 12:33 am1 minute14th11th above WSW14 ° above SW
Tuesday 26 May, 22:076 min57th10 ° above W11th above ESE
Tuesday 26 May, 23:443 min21st10 ° above W21 ° above SSW
Wed 27 May, 22:575 minutes28th11 ° above W16th above SSE
Thursday 28 May, 22:096 min37th12 ° above W12 ° above SE
Thu 28 May, 23:471 minute11th10 ° above SW11 ° above SW
Friday May 29, 10:58 pm4 min16th11th above WSW11 ° above S
Sat 30 May, 22:105 minutes22nd10 ° above W10th above SSE
Mon 1 Jun, 22:122 minutes11th10th above WSW10 ° above SSW

NASA explains what all the sighting information means

Time is when the sighting will begin in your local time zone. All sightings will take place within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimal viewing period as the sun reflects on the space station and contrasts with the darker sky.

Visible is the maximum amount of time the space station is visible before going back below the horizon.

Max height it is measured in degrees (also known as elevation). Represents the height of the space station from the horizon in the night sky. The horizon is zero degrees and directly above the head is 90 degrees. If you hold your fist at arm level and place your fist on the horizon, the top will be around 10 degrees.

appears is the position in the sky where the station will be visible first. This value, like the maximum height, is also measured in degrees from the horizon. The letters represent the directions of the compass: N is north, WNW is west from north-west and so on.

disappears represents where in the night sky the International Space Station will leave your field of vision.

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