3 Planets, An Airplane, the Moon, and the International Space Station

planets-plane   This morning as clouds were moving in from the west I was standing on a dead end road out in the county east from where I live. Patiently waiting, and getting cold despite a big thermos of coffee, the approach the ISS. So while waiting I took pictures of some constellations, managed to catch a few planes flying past including a small one coming up from the east horizon, and a large jet with its headlights (landing lights) on. Then on schedule came the International Space Station traveling from around southwest near the star Sirius toward the east passing by Jupiter along the way.

This video is a sequence of 63 pictures taken at about 1-second intervals. Each picture is with a 20mm lens at a 6-second exposure; F5.6; ISO 1600. A small plane comes up from the east and then toward the end the ISS crosses from right to left (southwest to east).


Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
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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