Thursday, May 22, 2008

International Space Station Passage - May 22nd, 2008

The International Space Station (ISS) passed over our local area tonight (05/22/2008), and for once it was NOT cloudy. Above is the picture I took at 21:32 EDT as the ISS passed through the Big Dipper portion of Ursa Major. I used a tripod so there is some star trailing.

It was beautiful seeing the ISS pass from South to North along the meridian.

Here are the camera settings I used to compose the picture:

Mount: Tripod
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: 50mm F/1.8 @ F/3.5
ISO Sensitivity: 400
Exposure: 40 Seconds
Time: 21:32 EDT

Three of four stars in the 'Cup' of the Big Dipper and two stars in the 'Handle' are visible.


Star Pilot



ambroseliao said...

Wow Jim!

What an incredible shot. I've got lots of questions. How did you know exactly where it would be so you could set up for it? Is this from one image? What was the exposure time?


Jacki said...

That is too cool!