Tuesday, July 8, 2008

What Is The Definition Of A Geek?

A geek is someone who will drive way out in the boonies* at 03:00 AM to take a picture of the International Space Station as it flies overhead. With the new Japanese module attached it was brighter than a low-hanging Jupiter. I used a 3 minute exposure to capture these images.

Click on the image to see full size. You will notice a blurring of the stars and that is due to the rotation of the Earth in the 3 minutes that the shutter was open.

To see when the ISS will be passing over your head, go here.

*The location I chose is an area in the Santiam Canyon that spreads out and gives an excellent view of the skies. It can be pretty creepy at 03:00 AM though (don't trip on the headstones)

While I was at it, I decided to take a picture of the Milky Way.

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