ISS Passed by Saturn and Mars

The International Space Station approached from the northwest at 9 pm on 8 Aug 2018. It went high overhead in a southeasterly direction. It tracked above Saturn and the Teapot in Sagittarius before disappearing near Mars. There it entered the darkness of Earth’s shadow.

Taken on iPad with NightCap | ISS mode | 189 sec exp

Here is the same image annotated. Can you also see the light trails left by two passing jets? Tap images for more detailed views.

Looking SE at 9 pm

6 thoughts on “ISS Passed by Saturn and Mars

  1. Good shots Jim. I liked that you outlined the teapot. Fantastic that your camera was able to pick it out when it wasn’t completely dark.

  2. I had to grin at the phrase you chose: “tap images.” “Click images” used to be the default. I’m still a clicker rather than a tapper, but it’s worth thinking about using “Click or tap.”

    Despite several articles I found suggesting that the teapot’s the most often-seen “shape” of the constellation, I’ve never heard it called that. It’s always been the archer, and that’s what I see. The teapot actually is a more easily identified pattern. Interesting.

      • The best line in that wiki article? “They lived in Montmartre and fled Paris in June 1940 on self-made bicycles, carrying the Curious George manuscript with them.”

  3. Great images! Thanks for noting the use of NightCap. I checked it out and I will be getting it. Hopefully it will help with my night Photography which is pretty weak.

    I read your comment about Rey’s interest in astronomy. We had the book, Can You Find The Constellations? on our classroom bookshelf and also used it as part of astronomy lessons with 2nd and 3rd graders.

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