Amazing photos show space station crossing moon

9 Jan

div class=’posterous_autopost’p h2 class=”entry-summary” style=””Spectacular portraits catch orbiting lab as it streaks across night sky/h2 /p p p class=”i1″ style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”Two photographers have snapped spectacular portraits of the International Space Station streaking across the night sky, catching the orbiting lab crossing the moon and slipping by Jupiter./p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”In one series of photos, NASA photographer Lauren Harnett captureda href=”http://www.space.com/14161-moon-international-space-station.html” style=”border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 0px; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #999999; line-height: 1.6em; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: #aaaaaa; text-decoration: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;”images of the moonnbsp;/aat the exact moment that the space station passed across its face in what scientists call a “transit.”/p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”Harnett took the photos on Jan. 4 from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. She then combined several images into a composite view that shows the space station just before and after it crossed the moon’s disk./p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”div class=’p_embed p_image_embed’ img alt=”060221_habstars_vsmall” height=”474″ src=”http://getfile0.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2012-01-09/veEfFlwHlDckqbdzknGEgfkqEEpaugCxtfpqfznGiewwGrbxqFuDklrCegtm/060221_habstars_vsmall.jpg.grid-6×2.jpg” width=”474″ / /div /p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;””She had to struggle with a window of visibility limited by fog anda href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45911341/ns/technology_and_science-space/#” class=”itxtrst itxtrsta itxthook” rel=”nofollow” style=”padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 1px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; float: none !important; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: none; background-color: transparent; line-height: 1.6em; text-align: left; display: inline !important; color: #006400; border-bottom-color: #006400; margin: 0px !important;”span class=”itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan” style=”font-size: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; float: none; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: none; background-color: transparent; line-height: normal; display: inline; font-family: inherit; border-bottom-width: 2px; border-bottom-color: transparent; padding: 0px !important; margin: 0px !important;”clouds/span/a, and I think she got some excellent results,” said NASA spokesman Mike Gentry at the space center. [a href=”http://www.space.com/14167-amazing-sky-photos-space-station-moon-jupiter.html” style=”border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 0px; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #999999; line-height: 1.6em; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: #aaaaaa; text-decoration: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;”nbsp;See the space station and moon photosnbsp;/a]/p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”Thenbsp;a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45911341/ns/technology_and_science-space/#” class=”itxtrst itxtrsta itxthook” rel=”nofollow” style=”padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 1px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; float: none !important; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: none; background-color: transparent; line-height: 1.6em; text-align: left; display: inline !important; color: #006400; border-bottom-color: #006400; margin: 0px !important;”span class=”itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan” style=”font-size: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; float: none; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: none; background-color: transparent; line-height: normal; display: inline; font-family: inherit; border-bottom-width: 2px; border-bottom-color: transparent; padding: 0px !important; margin: 0px !important;”International/spanspan class=”itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan” style=”font-size: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; float: none; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: none; background-color: transparent; line-height: normal; display: inline; font-family: inherit; border-bottom-width: 2px; border-bottom-color: transparent; padding: 0px !important; margin: 0px !important;”nbsp;/spanspan class=”itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan” style=”font-size: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; float: none; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: none; background-color: transparent; line-height: normal; display: inline; font-family: inherit; border-bottom-width: 2px; border-bottom-color: transparent; padding: 0px !important; margin: 0px !important;”Space/spanspan class=”itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan” style=”font-size: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; float: none; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: none; background-color: transparent; line-height: normal; display: inline; font-family: inherit; border-bottom-width: 2px; border-bottom-color: transparent; padding: 0px !important; margin: 0px !important;”nbsp;/spanspan class=”itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan” style=”font-size: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; float: none; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: none; background-color: transparent; line-height: normal; display: inline; font-family: inherit; border-bottom-width: 2px; border-bottom-color: transparent; padding: 0px !important; margin: 0px !important;”Station/span/anbsp;is the largest spacecraft ever built, with a main truss that is longer than a football field. nbsp;It is currently home to six men (three Russians, two Americans and a Dutch astronaut) and flies 240 miles above Earth at a speed of about 17,500 mph./p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”At its brightest, thenbsp;a href=”http://www.space.com/6870-spot-satellites.html” style=”border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 0px; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #999999; line-height: 1.6em; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: #aaaaaa; text-decoration: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;”space station can outshine the planet Venusnbsp;/aand be easily spotted with the unaided eye by skywatchers who know where to look./p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;””The space station can be seen in the night sky with the naked eye, and a pair of field binoculars may reveal some detail of the structural shape of the spacecraft,” NASA officialsnbsp;/p /p p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”In Harnett’s photos, the moon appears in crystal-clear detail, and the shape of the space station’s huge solar arrays and backbone-like main truss can be recognized./p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”Harnett was not the only one to photograph the space station this week./p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”On Thursday, photographer Mike Killian spotted the space station from central Florida as it passed near the bright planet Jupiter./p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”div class=’p_embed p_image_embed’ img alt=”120107-red-moon-skywatcher-hmed-1203p” height=”342″ src=”http://getfile5.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2012-01-09/vHwqAEkbGGblzvxcHvisrAfoIozIniibxCqwaFvhmsIurmCtayxkFkdobzdF/120107-red-moon-skywatcher-hmed-1203p.grid-5×2.jpg” width=”396″ / /div /p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”The space station “made a six-minute pass over central FL last night,” Killian told SPACE.com in an email. “Viewing conditions were perfect.”/p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”There are several websites that can help amateur and seasoned skywatchers alike prepare for a night of space station and satellite observing./p ul style=”padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 25px; margin: 0px;” li style=”margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 15px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; padding: 0px;”a href=”http://heavens-above.com/” style=”border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 0px; border-color: initial; vertical-align: baseline; color: #999999; line-height: 1.6em; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: #aaaaaa; text-decoration: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;”Chris Peat’s Heavens Above/a/li li style=”margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 15px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; padding: 0px;”a href=”http://spaceweather.com/flybys” style=”border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 0px; border-color: initial; vertical-align: baseline; color: #999999; line-height: 1.6em; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: #aaaaaa; text-decoration: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;”Spaceweather.com/a/li li style=”margin-top: 5px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 15px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; padding: 0px;”a href=”http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/” style=”border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 0px; border-color: initial; vertical-align: baseline; color: #999999; line-height: 1.6em; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: #aaaaaa; text-decoration: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;”NASA’s SkyWatch/a/li /ul p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”a href=”http://www.n2yo.com/?s=25544″ style=”border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 0px; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #999999; line-height: 1.6em; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: #aaaaaa; text-decoration: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;”Another good site is this one/a, which provides real-time satellite tracking and shows at any given moment during the day or night where over Earth the space station or shuttle happen to be.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;/p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”div class=’p_embed p_image_embed’ img alt=”120103-moon-jupiter-iss-barry-schupp-hmed-436p” height=”316″ src=”http://getfile6.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2012-01-09/egaArBquklnyuoAyHFqwACyzxjadxzokDnspAkGdeFfGAAHbxhxFxcHknGuE/120103-moon-jupiter-iss-barry-schupp-hmed-436p.grid-6×2.jpg” width=”474″ / /div /p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”The International Space Station is not the only satellite that can be spotted by the unaided eye. Other bright satellites, such as China’s Tiangong 1 space laboratory, can be seen from the Earth without telescopes (as could NASA’s space shuttles, before they were retired in 2011)./p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”And seeing satellites from Earth is not a one-time event. The International Space Station, for example, has been orbiting Earth since 1998 and completes one trip around the planet every 90 minutes./p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;””It’s certainly not something that’s limited to happening just a few times a year,” Gentry said./p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”em style=”font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;”Editor’s note:/emnbsp;If you snapped an amazing photo the space station or any other skywatching sight and would like to share it with SPACE.com, contact managing editor Tariq Malik span style=”color: #888888;”at/spana href=”mailto:tmalik@space.com” style=”border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 0px; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #999999; line-height: 1.6em; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: #aaaaaa; text-decoration: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;”tmalik@space.com/a./p /p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”div class=’p_embed p_image_embed’ img alt=”Cosmic_census-997630130_v2″ height=”512″ src=”http://getfile2.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2012-01-09/clBiqwjJfiIcsdyHpomecAdloHnkqkytkrfceFypsEngoBgidhDwIxceqcAh/cosmic_census-997630130_v2.grid-7×2.jpg” width=”384″ / /div /p p style=”margin-top: 0em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.6em; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0.6em; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 0.94em; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.6em; color: #333333;”ema href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45911341/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.Twrqkm_lN4o”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45911341/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.Twrqkm_lN4o/a/em/p/div

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  1. Emely Speegle - January 29, 2012

    Emely Speegle…

    Muchos Gracias for your article.Thanks Again. Great….

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