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And The Sun Is Eclipsed By The Moon

May 20, 2012 annular eclipse seen from Dallas, TX USA. © Jason Major

If you didn’t get a chance to see the annular eclipse from where you are, either due to weather or location, here’s a shot of it I managed to grab from Dallas, TX just as the Sun emerged from some low clouds and right before it set beyond the trees.It was visible for perhaps five minutes, but what a great view!

See another shot below:

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Brightest ISS Pass of 2012!

Ok, I know it’s kind of a misleading title because it’s only 4 days into the new year but still, at magnitude -4.0 tonight’s flyover of the ISS was one of the brightest I’ve ever seen, this year or any other!

At 6:28 p.m. CST, the ISS rose in the northeast and passed nearly exactly overhead, steadily moving southeast between the Moon and Jupiter in the evening sky. Even with a waxing gibbous Moon shining full blast it was still extremely bright, as my photo above shows.

This was a 20 second exposure taken with a Nikon D7000, 18mm lens @ f/9, ISO640. Edited in Photoshop.

Along the upper left another faint trail can be seen; this may have in fact been SkyMed-1, an observation satellite operated by the Italian Space Agency.

The ISS is currently manned by 6 international astronauts. Traveling at 17,500 mph at an altitude of about 225 nautical miles, it orbits the Earth 16 times a day. Find out when it will pass by your location (and where to look for it) on Spaceweather.com here OR, if you use Twitter, be sure to follow @Twisst to get alerts whenever the ISS will be flying over your location!

Image © Jason Major. All rights reserved.

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