ISS Belts Orion

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   This morning the ISS flew in path lasting about 4 minutes that took it from my west toward the southeast. At its maximum visibility at -3-4 magnitude, slightly west of south, and at an altitude of 57 degrees I knew before looking up its path that it would traverse part of the constellation Orion the Hunter somewhere around the belt stars. This graphic from the Starry Night program shows the predicted path the ISS would follow, and based on my direct observation and pictures the predicted path was reasonably accurate.
labeled   Clearly showing up in the pictures are the Pleiades, the Hyades, the pentagon-shaped Auriga, the Gemini Twins forming a sort of right triangle with the bright Jupiter. Click on the thumbnail graphic to see a full-size picture with stars and constellations labeled.
   
   
   
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Click on graphic to see it full size.

   For the fly-by pictures, taken with a Canon Rebel EOS T3i, I attached a fish-eye lens and set the shutter speed for a 6-second exposure time with the aperture at F3.5, and the focal length backed out to 18mm. Clicking on this picture will open an animated series of full-size pictures showing the path of the ISS as a bright line.

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Click on picture to see it full size.

   About an hour later the thin 27-day old waning crescent Moon became visible as it rose above the trees on the east side of my backyard.

   Click here to read about and see additional pictures of the ISS and Iridium flares.

   
   
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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