Better viewing for ISS & Shuttle over Ireland, July 20th

Better viewing for ISS & Shuttle over Ireland, July 20th

Weather conditions were more favourable for viewing the ISS & Space Shuttle over Waterford & Ireland in general (my family in Naas watched on also with very good viewing). The event started at 10:33pm and ended at 10:38 – although not as bright as previous evenings it was spectacular.

I took an 8 second exposure of the event which is shown below – There are still some viewings remaining on Tuesday and Thursday this week.

ISS and Space Shuttle over Waterford July 20th 2009

ISS and Space Shuttle over Waterford July 20th 2009

Photo Note : If I was taking the shot again however I would have used f4.5 – 8sec as the f8 – 8 sec was too low light. (ISO 200). If I get a chance Tue or Thur I might post a clearer image.

Clouds in South East block view of ISS and Shuttle

The Thursday pass of the International Space Station and Space Shuttle have been blocked by rain and clouds. In the Waterford area, clouds blocked the 10:29 pass of the ISS which was to last 5 mins. The Space Shuttle passed at 10:59pm but by this stage it was raining – so total disappointment. I had the tripod and camera all ready to capture this but thanks to the great Irish Summer, it was not to be.

The following are the dates and times for the next viewings of the Space Station and Space Shuttle for Waterford and south east of Ireland ;
ISS : Fri Jul 17/00:04 AM, Fri Jul 17/10:53 PM, Sat Jul 18/00:29 AM, Sat Jul 18/11:17 PM
Shuttle : Fri Jul 17/10:53 PM, Sat Jul 18/00:29 AM, Sat Jul 18/11:17 PM, Sun Jul 19/11:42 PM

If I get to capture a decent image of the ISS or the Space Shuttle as it passes over Ireland I will post it here.

Space Shuttle just flew over Ireland

Space Shuttle just flew over Ireland

The space shuttle has just flown over Ireland. I managed to get some shots on video and an 8 second timed exposure on film also. Have a look at the video of the shuttle flying over Waterford at 23:20pm on July 15th 2009 – only minutes after being launched from Florida.

Video of the Space Shuttle as it Flew over Waterford City

Have a look at the still image (8 second exposure) below, not sure why there were 2 lights !!

Space Shuttle over Waterford

Space Shuttle over Waterford

Apparently this is one of the few times this has happened and it was amazing to see – the shuttle went very brightly and quietly from SSW to ENE – the whole event was finished in about 20 seconds. Absolutely Amazing.