Monday, September 28, 2009

Photos | After dusk, space station soars high past the moon

The International Space Station made a high pass over eastern Central Florida on Monday night, about 50 minutes after sunset. The low sky was still glowing orange as the station appeared 11 degrees above the northwestern horizon at 8 p.m. on the dot. It reached a height of 77 degrees overhead, as I took several exposures with a wide-angle lens from Pineda Causeway, just south of Rockledge. I chose the causeway because there is no interference from any streetlights. With dry air dominant over the Florida peninsula, the sky throughout Monday was the clearest I had seen it since the spring, which was helpful for spotting the station.

This is a two-image composite showing the station passing east of the moon, which was in its waxing gibbous phase, with 72 percent of its disk visible. There's a slight gap in the streaks of the station, indicating the moment it took me to click the remote for another exposure. The two photos were stacked in Photoshop, resulting in this singular image.


Denise said...

OK, you're still a nerd, but your pictures are beautiful. :-)

Thomas Damgaard Sabo said...

Excellent! Love the foreground in both shots...mine was all sky, but I was lucky to get it at all. Fantastic shot!