Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Animation and images of ISS and Shuttle pass in Chicago

A fine night in Chicago, the Moon near Regulus, with Saturn halfway between the Moon and Venus.

Space Shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station passed Chicago last night. Rising in the NW, the newly brightened ISS shone orange against the Chicago light pollution, its solar panels dominating the light. In binoculars the Shuttle was visible trailing by half a degree. As they got higher, the Shuttle became visible to the naked eye and the ISS changed color into a pure white.

Check out this awesome animation of the pass:

A single image of that animation is here, with an additional airplane trail.

See them tonight as well.

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