A steak of light in the deep blue

Am writing this while on vacation- we left nearly three weeks ago and have enjoyed a visual feast of back roads here in the Western U.S. One goal was to stay off interstate highways and while slower, it has paid off fantastically in both the view from the car and the relaxing pace. Highly recommended if you have time!

This photo was taken near Surprise, Arizona in the front yard of the house we were staying. Our hosts had never seen the International Space Station (ISS) fly over and it was a treat to run outside to see this nearly five minute pass just after sunset. The picture spans 25 seconds and if you look closely, most of the big dipper is in the upper-left corner.

The ISS roughly the same size as a football field, orbiting at an altitude of over 200 miles and 17,244 miles per hour!

If you want to watch the ISS pass over your house, you can go to NASA’s Spot The Station page to sign up for alerts.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55mm lens @18mm. ISO 200, 25 seconds @f22.


July 2015


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