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ISS and planets over New Mexico

“Excited to see there’d be a high, long ISS pass over the 5 planets. In the end I could only see 4 planets, due to the cloud cover, but still very happy with the shot.”

ISS and planets on January 23, 2016 by Colleen Gino in Polvadera, New Mexico

ISS and planets on January 23, 2016 by Colleen Gino in Polvadera, New Mexico

Colleen Gino submitted this photo of the International Space Station (ISS) and morning planets. She wrote:

I live in a fairly rural part of central New Mexico so I have very dark skies. I take advantage of our dark skies as often as possible and am usually out at some point in the late night or early morning looking for something to photograph. After checking www.heavens-above.com I was excited to see that there would be a nice, high, long ISS pass that would be over the five planets. In the end I could only see four planets, due to the cloud cover on the horizon. I’m still very happy with the shot and it looks just as I envisioned.

Nikon D810 with Rokinon 12mm fish eye lens at f/4. ISO 1250, 30 second exposures. There are 15 exposures covering the time span of 6:02 to 6:13 a.m.

15 images stacked in Photoshop to get the complete ISS pass. On the 14 layers above the base layer everything but the ISS pass is masked out to avoid star trails. Planets and pass labeled. The trail that crosses the ISS at the right is a contrail.

Thank you, Colleen!

Deborah Byrd

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