Big Dipper, Big Satellite

While trying to catch a bit of the Milky Way from the Rec Hall deck at Berkeley Tuolumne Camp, an obnoxiously bright object came shooting up from the northwest horizon.  It had to be the International Space Station; no other satellite moves this fast or shines this bright on a dark, moonless night. I aborted my current exposure, swung the camera around, and caught the thing streaking just left of the Big Dipper’s handle.  The ISS moved the distance seen here in about 40 seconds; f/3.5, ISO 3200 (focal length 24 mm).

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Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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