International Space Station flies over Charlotte

Our Live Sky Cam captured two images of the International Space Station as it flew over the Southeast tonight shortly after 7 p.m. EST.  The International Space Station can easily be spotted with the naked eye because it’s relatively large (110m x 100m x 30m) and reflects a lot of sunlight.

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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Some technical information about the flyover provided by the excellent website http://iss.astroviewer.net/observation.php

 

Here are the original sky shots. The ISS was captured on two sequential 20-second exposures taken 1 minute apart.  The ISS is a faint streak low on the west northwest horizon in the first image and much higher in the second image.

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