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Bright pass by the International Space Station

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 10:00pm EST

The International Space Station made a bright pass over the Charlotte area tonight shortly at 8:36 p.m. EST.  Our good friend and photographer extraordinaire Amy Busby saw it from in town.  Recall this is not the first time our robotic camera has spotted the ISS (Feb 28th event).

Click on the image to zoom up for a better view.  The space station is zooming towards the Pleides (the same asterism you see on the Subaru emblem) and moving just below Taurus.

Note that the camera was already in nighttime mode, shooting 20-second exposures.  Hence the ISS appears as a streak of light because of its motion during the 20 second exposure. The twilight sky appears brighter than normal due to the long exposure.

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[Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 43 degrees, Appears: W, Disappears: NE.]