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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jun 15, 2007 23:03:00 GMT -6
The ISS and Space Shuttle imaged from the Heart of Chicago
At 11:21 pm Chicago time, the ISS and Space Shuttle Atlantis was scheduled to zoom up from the north and enter the earth's shadow.
Setting up at the open garage doors, I set the S3 at the ready and waited for first sign of the space craft. The ISS was late, as it made it's first appearance among the tangle of overhead utility lines at 11:22 pm from the NW and a bee-line to the SW. The color was it's normal silver/whitish color, but rather dim, almost the same magnitude of polaris, just a tad brighter. The camera captured the craft with a 8 sec exposure-200 ISO and wide open lens.
In a close up zoom of the ISS, it's ghostly streak can easily be seen, but not as clear or bright as other observations.
It vanished into the umbra of the Earth at 11:23 pm.
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