Monday, August 13, 2012

International Space Station

I went out in the front yard Saturday night with three goals.

1) Observe the International Space Station flyover
2) Watch for the Perseid meteor showers
3) Work on my nighttime photography skills

I failed miserably (again!) with #3. Time to break out my book and re-read it. But I was able to barely capture the ISS as it streaked across the darkened sky. This was the second pass of the evening, too.  I had my camera set for a 30 second exposure, hence the line across the photo as it moved from the southwestern sky towards to northeast.

Do you see the Big Dipper?

If you want to see if the ISS comes near your house, you can use this link and change the location to where you are. It will give you a list of visible passes. Because of its size, it can be seen with the naked eye. Per the website, "the best time to observe the ISS is when it is night time at your location, but the Space Station is sunlit. Such a situation occurs often in the morning before sunrise or in the evening after sunset."

As for the meteor showers, I did see a few shooting stars before calling it a night. The peak time was between 2 and 4 a.m. and I was fast asleep during those hours. Although my alarm went off at 2 a.m., I was too darn tired to get up and go outside. Shame on me!


  1. I too slept through the meteor showers. But you certainly didn't fail at the flyover photo. That looks So cool!

  2. I watched the meteor shower too and I saw quite a few dramatic shooting stars - large and very white - before going to bed. Then I happened to wake up at 2:30am and decided to go out and check it out again. 5 minutes of nothing so I went back to bed! :-)


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