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The ISS Grazes the Moon in Carton | by bbusschots
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The ISS Grazes the Moon in Carton

I got to witness something very rare this evening - the ISS passing in front of the Moon. This doesn't happen very often, and more surprisingly, the Irish weather played ball - clear skies from the horizon to horizon!


The action all took place very close to the horizon, the ISS passed the Moon about 10 degrees up from the horizon, and vanished into the earth's shadow just 20 degrees up from the horizon. This 144 second exposure starts with the ISS barely visible below the Moon, then clipping the edge of the Moon, and then continuing up until it enters the earth's shadow.


The tower in the foreground is Tyrconnell Tower in Carton Estate just east of Maynooth.


This shot is a blend of two edits of the same RAW file, one optimised for the sky, and the other optimised for the ground by tonemapping it with Photomatix Pro. When the two edits were blended I also ran the resulting image though PTLens to take out the worst of the distortions caused by shooting at 10mm.

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Taken on October 10, 2013