Bright ISS Pass Last Night

Last night we had a great International Space Station (ISS) pass over Sydney and the Central Coast, passing almost directly overhead at a max magnitude of -2.4. It occured between 18:48 and 18:51 local time, a great time of night with the sky nice and dark, and not too late either so I could drag the whole family out to watch it.

I wanted to capture it through the scope (Satellite gallery) but I didn’t have time to set it all up (I only get home at 6pm and then had to have dinner, etc), so I captured a widefield view with the Canon 350D and Sigma 17-70mm lens on a fixed tripod using a long exposure.  It passed very close to the Moon and Jupiter, making for a nice conjunction in the sky.

Jupiter, the Moon and the ISS

Jupiter, the Moon and the ISS

The Moon and the ISS

The Moon and the ISS

Peter Ward from Sydney captured a fantastic high-resolution image of the ISS passing very close to Jupiter! Right place at the right time with the right equipment!

My family loved watching the bright ISS pass overhead. Last time we’d watched an ISS pass together I told the kids how there’s astronauts in there! They were suitably amazed. This time Abbey asked “How do the people get in there?” 🙂 I told her a rocket took them up there. It’s great watching her face as she digests the information and I’d love to know what she imagines in her mind 🙂

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