Satellite streaks in front of Milky Way
This photo is a cropped, enlargement of this image. I will attempt to show you a comparison between this man-made satellite image and a meteor photo. Satellites appear pretty much as straight line streaks, with little variation in intensity, whereas meteors have a huge variation in intensity. The appearance of satellites in my night photos is quite common. I typically capture at least one satellite out of every 15 images that I take, whereas I may take about 200 night photos before a meteor appears in one of the images. The steak is the distance the satellite traveled during the 30 second time exposure (with the sun reflecting off of its shiny metal or solar panels).
Behind the scenes: The NightScape Story
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