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Valencia Astronauts

January 3, 2012

Continuing the long tradition of the space program and animated GIFs, behold the International Space Station passing over Valencia St, alongside the Moon and Jupiter:

Made it from a bunch of handheld iPhone shots that I stitched together with the Giffer! app. @sgillane was kind enough to fire up After Effects and stabilize it.

(If I’m not mistaken, you can even see Jupiter and the Moon move in relation to one another, thought it wouldn’t surprise me if that were a processing artifact.)

If you feel brave, view the unstabilized version here:

And the ISS above Pi Bar:


4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2012 7:34 pm

    You might like this – this is the ISS as seen from Potrero Hill:

    International Space Station flyby over SF, 14th January

    I’d love to try this again with some more serious magnification as the ISS is _just about_ distinguishable – you can just about tell the difference between the panels and the body.

    • January 19, 2012 8:23 pm

      You are correct, I do like it! Nice shot. And I think you’re right, those are the panels.

      What kind of camera?

    • January 19, 2012 10:39 pm

      Shot it with a canon 7D and a the stock 300mm lens; I think in this case, the smaller but denser sensor actually paid off. A friend of mine tried the same thing with a high-quality, full-size sensor on the canon 1D, a 1.4x teleconverter _and_ the 400mm lens and he ended up with the space station and pretty much the same resolution:

      ISS Pass in Front of the Moon (exaggerated contrast)

      I think the biggest factor is distortion in the atmosphere though. I think if I tried again on a really cold night and with a faster shutter, it should be possible to clearly make out the panels.

    • January 20, 2012 1:19 am

      Did you see this shot from New York state?

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