Spot the International Space Station over London this month

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The International Space Station (ISS) is one of the biggest and brightest man-made structures in Space that weighs 419,000kg and is approximately the size of a U.S football field. The ISS will be flying over UK skies in April and this is how to spot it over London.

Starting April 8, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the ISS for brief periods until Tuesday, April 21. You may be able to spot it during the day but is will mostly be visible at night during part of the 10 minutes it takes to travel from one horizon to the other.

The ISS reflects sunlight and it is because of this reflection that you will be able to see it when it passes over London this month. It will be visible as a bright white dot and if you haven’t spotted it before, you are likely to mistake it for a fast-moving plane or a shooting star.

Below are the dates and times you will be able to spot it over London:

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears
Wed Apr 8, 9:02 PM 5 min 61° 10 above WSW 19 above E
Wed Apr 8, 10:38 PM 2 min 28° 10 above W 28 above W
Thu Apr 9, 8:13 PM 2 min 28° 28 above ESE 11 above E
Thu Apr 9, 9:44 PM 4 min 87° 10 above W 49 above E
Thu Apr 9, 11:21 PM < 1 min 10° 10 above W 10 above W
Fri Apr 10, 8:51 PM 6 min 82° 10 above WSW 13 above E
Fri Apr 10, 10:27 PM 2 min 44° 10 above W 44 above W
Sat Apr 11, 9:35 PM 3 min 85° 18 above W 38 above E
Sat Apr 11, 11:10 PM < 1 min 15° 10 above W 15 above W
Sun Apr 12, 8:42 PM 4 min 85° 35 above W 11 above E
Sun Apr 12, 10:17 PM 3 min 53° 10 above W 53 above WSW
Mon Apr 13, 9:24 PM 3 min 83° 22 above W 30 above ESE
Mon Apr 13, 11:00 PM < 1 min 14° 11 above W 14 above W
Tue Apr 14, 8:32 PM 4 min 86° 44 above W 11 above E
Tue Apr 14, 10:06 PM 3 min 44° 10 above W 44 above SSW
Wed Apr 15, 9:14 PM 3 min 62° 27 above W 23 above ESE
Wed Apr 15, 10:49 PM < 1 min 13° 10 above W 13 above WSW
Thu Apr 16, 8:25 PM < 1 min 11° 11 above ESE 11 above ESE
Thu Apr 16, 9:55 PM 3 min 28° 11 above W 27 above SSW
Fri Apr 17, 9:02 PM 4 min 41° 21 above W 16 above SE
Sat Apr 18, 9:44 PM 3 min 17° 10 above W 14 above SSW
Sun Apr 19, 8:51 PM 4 min 25° 15 above W 11 above SSE
Tue Apr 21, 8:39 PM 4 min 15° 11 above WSW 10 above S