Sunrise with the International Space Station
July 02, 2011
The photo above shows the International Space Station (ISS) as observed just before sunup over north central Spain. It was taken on June 1, 2011 at 5:28 a.m. The ISS's orbital altitude varies between 173 mi (278 km) and 286 mi (460 km), and thus its apparent brightness varies. Here, its magnitude is approximately -1.5. The ISS has now been in space for more than a dozen years -- in-orbit construction began in 1998.
Photo details: Panasonic FZ-28 camera; 30 second exposure; F2.8; 100 ISO.