One of my favorite web sites, Universe Today, has linked up a video that really captured my imagination. The video, captured by Bryan Stewart and posted to Vimeo, shows the International Space Station (ISS) passing overhead during the recent Perseid Meteor Shower.
The video is 1:06 in length and was filmed in Texas at 6:25am on August 10, 2011. In addition to some great videography, it also features a soundtrack that is Carl Sagan set to music. What more could you ask for?!
If you have never seen the ISS pass over, it’s a steady, non-blinking white light that moves fairly quickly across the sky. Not meteor-fast, but you will only have 1-2 minutes of viewing time to follow it from one horizon to the other.
If you want to find out if/when it will be viewable in your area, I recommend the Heaven’s Above website. You will to need to enter the coordinates of your location, but once you have it set up you can bookmark it with your coordinates and you will not need to ever enter them again. In addition to the ISS, it also gives information on such passes as Iridium Satellites.
In a very quick bit of non-CES news, check out this picture taken during Tuesday’s solar eclipse by photographer Thierry Legault. It shows the International Space Station in front of the Sun as the Sun itself is partially occluded by the Moon. Amazing.
What’s even more amazing is that Thierry had less than one second in which to take the photo – that’s how quickly the ISS passes across the Sun. You can read all about how the photograph was taken over at Bad Astronomy.