It’s super chilly out, but I was able to snag this shot of the ISS passing overhead. That’s Venus to the left.
It turns out that it’s too cold for my laptop out here, so I’m going to head inside. I wasn’t really planning on this being the coldest night of the year…
Update: I set up the D50 DSLR on the tripod and took a star trails shot:
The Moon, Venus and the ISS (Out of focus)
This is the best of 3 lousy shots that I got. Unfortunately, I accidentally messed with the focus right as the ISS was approaching and this is the result. I did get all 3 in the frame, but they look terrible. Note to self: do not attempt to readjust the focus 5 seconds before an event.
Tomorrow morning provides a rare triple threat. at 5:50am the International Space Station’s orbit will take it on a pass that will be right next to tomorrow morning’s conjunction of the Moon and Venus. The waning crescent moon will be less than 3° from Venus, the morning star. The ISS (and STS 120) will be passing within 5 degrees of this pair. I’m not sure if STS 120 will still be connected to the station, but if not, there will be four bright objects within just a few degrees of one another. I’ll be setting up the DSLR to take a long exposure of this conjunction and will have my scope out as well to see if I can get any interesting close-up images.