People ask – what does the ISS look like when it flies through the sky?
I took a series of one-second exposures of the Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station as the traveled across our skies tonight. Then I used Microsoft Movie Maker to put the frames together in the movie.
Without optical aid, they look like small dots moving across the sky. The one-second exposure still allows them to make a streak as they travel across the photo, not a dot, but it was the shortest time exposure I could take and still get the stars to show up in the background.
The first movie is Discovery and the second is the ISS. The ISS frames are zoomed out for a wider view than the Discovery frames. (still photos for now – movie to come?)
Where to look for Saturn in the sky…
Saturn is rising about sunset – low in the southeast – following Jupiter and ahead of ruddy Mars, both of which are brighter than Saturn. Saturn can be seen without a telescope, it’s about as bright as most of the brightest stars. It will look oblong in binoculars and show that it has rings in spotting scopes and telescopes of 30 power or more.
If you have questions, leave a comment!
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