ISS Pass – June 05th

The skies cooperated!

Image from

Rising from about the same spot as last night, but instead of coming straight up toward the zenith, the ISS looped a little to the north, passing above the Little Dipper and below the Big Dipper, through Hercules (wouldn’t it be fantastic to get a picture of the globular cluster M13 with the ISS passing by?!), before finally heading toward the very bright and just rising Jupiter and disappearing into the Earth’s shadow.


I had originally set up in the back yard again tonight (for the lack of street lights) since the station was rising in a similar spot to last night. But I realized with about three minutes to go before it rose that after rising, the humongous tree in the back yard would block about 2/3 of the ISS’s path across the sky. So I quickly moved to the street by the driveway in the front yard. (I’m giving you the full resolution images tonight, so click to view full screen or download.)

ISS rose from the lower left and went between the Dippers, which you probably could have seen if not for the neighbor who stopped and had his brake lights on as he was wondering what I was doing… Pro tip – if you see someone in the dark with a camera and/or telescope pointed at the sky, try not to have a really freakin’ bright light with you.

The good news about being where I was in the front was that I knew that the telephone pole defined the right side of my field of view. So as soon as the ISS cleared it, I swung the camera around to catch another part of the long path across the sky.

You might note that these streaks are longer but fewer than last night’s – tonight I went with five-second exposures instead of one-second exposures, hoping that they wouldn’t be over exposed in the LA light pollution. With the moon just setting as the ISS came up, it worked! (Except of course for those brake lights.) Combining the exposures into one was again done with StarStax.

Before the ISS could get too far toward the horizon I swung the camera around one more time to catch it going down behind the trees and house. Also present to the east was the obligatory LA air traffic, in this case sounding like a Cessna 150 or a Piper.

Heavens-Above says there’s a so-so pass tomorrow night, but another pretty good one on Friday night. On the other hand, WunderGround says tomorrow will be nice and clear but Friday will probably be cloudy. Guys! Can we talk among ourselves and get on the same page?


Leave a comment

Filed under Astronomy, Photography, Space

Please join the discussion, your comments are encouraged!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.