A Lot Going On Inside the Dipper

November 01, 2005

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Provided and copyright by: John Chumack, Miami Valley Astronomical Society
Summary authors & editors: John Chumack

The view above of the Big Dipper (Ursa Major) was captured while observing from John Bryan State Park Observatory, in Yellow Springs, Ohio on September 2, 2005. On this evening (about 10:03 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time), I was able to capture not only the International Space Station (ISS), but also an aircraft and a meteor -- fortuitous star gazing indeed! As I watched the ISS (solid line), an airplane or jet (long dotted line) crossed its path. Amazingly, at the same time a meteor shot through the Big Dipper (upper right center). Click on image for enlarged view.

Photo details: 30 sec exposure, Canon 10D camera, ISO 400, 20 mm lens, camera on tripod.

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