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ISS-Lunar Flyby | by Rick Whitacre
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ISS-Lunar Flyby

Stack of 15 images, Rotated for effect

 

Between 6:50 and 6:55AM this morning, the International Space Station (ISS) put on a spectacular display rising vertically out of the southwest and traveling nearly straight up and over. It was exceptionally bright in the pre-dawn hour.

 

Phil McGrew pointed out that from the Marin Headlands near Muir Beach, the trajectory of the ISS was directly through the middle of the moon. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately - I don't know yet), I was stubborn and was a couple of miles north of the perfect spot. What I got was the near-miss. I'm pretty happy with it, though!

 

I took over 40 images in rapid fire to get this composite of 15 images. The other pictures are of various crops and rotation

 

For the techies:

 

Canon EOS 50D, EF 400mm f/5.6L, 1.4X TC, ISO1600, 1/1000 sec at f/8.0

 

Captured in fine-grain JPG mode to enable an in-camera buffer of 47 images shot at 6.3 frames per second

 

Started late, but the ISS showed up in 22 of the 47 images

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Taken on January 14, 2012