International Space Station (ISS) & The Big Dipper (Ursa Major)

International Space Station & The Big Dipper, A Happy Accident

Well, it’s been a while but I’m back. Here’s a composite of the ISS passing by my house a few nights ago. Minutes before taking these photos, my camera battery was completely drained. I had to rush to make it in time but the end result was pretty satisfying. Read on to learn how merged 10 photos into one to create this composite.

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International Space Station, Jupiter, & Orion

Tonight was a great night for spotting the International Space Station in my area. The ISS appeared just after 6pm around 12 degrees above the northwest horizon. It was out for a total of 6 minutes and went directly over our heads. At its highest point, the ISS was 87 degrees, nearly straight up, from my location. Pictured above is the ISS flying by my house and Jupiter (the brightest “star” in the photo). Can you spot Orion? This is a 32 second exposure with a 5.0 f-stop taken at 18mm.

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