Rick Stankiewicz
Image taken:
Sep. 21, 2008
Near Keene, south of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Last night I watched as the ATV (Jules Verne) was chased across the sky in my backyard (near Keene, just south of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) by the ISS. The sequence of images shows the view as they both appeared from the west at about 8:52 p.m. and climbed over 50 degrees to the north before disappearing behind my house. I was lucky to have been able to have caught these to spacecraft in the same field as they had been separated by several minutes in recent weeks and now they appear to be chasing each other (though at slightly different angles), but within about 30 seconds of each other. My goal was to at least capture a shot of the ATV before it is destroyed forever on September 29th when it is to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. You have to look to the right of the bright ISS shining at magnitude –2.4 to see the ATV shining at only mag. 2.8. For comparison though, note the brightest star in the first two images, as this is Arcturus shining at mag. 0.05 in the constellation Bootes. This is a great test of magnitudes. All images shot from my backyard with a tripod mounted Canon 400D and Sigma 17 to 70 mm lense at 17 mm; ISO 800; f/2.8 at 25 seconds.
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