How To Shoot Your Own Space Station Photos

The space station photos we featured yesterday inspired me today to write a little guide on how just about anyone can take a picture of the orbiting ship. With a little luck in the weather department and a bit of advance planning, you might surprise yourself at how easy it can be. The station is…
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Venus-moon Spectacle And Amazing Shuttle Rendezvous Photos

If you’re out at dawn the next two mornings you’ll see a lovely sight in the southeastern sky as the crescent moon passes near the planet Venus. Tomorrow it will lie some six degrees to the right of the planet, while on Tuesday the crescent will be four degrees to the left. Venus, while still…
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Sweet Sounds Of Flute 217 Miles Overhead

Watch a 3-minute interview with astronaut Cady Coleman and listen to her play the flute in orbit. We nailed it. Clear skies in the nick of time made it possible for me and my work colleagues to spot both the International Space Station (ISS) and Discovery shuttle from downtown Duluth yesterday evening. Tonight the two…
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Shiny Birds Skim The Sky Tonight

Will it be clear or won’t it? Always the question in the astronomer’s life. Last night I had hoped to get home early enough from work to see NanoSail-D, a 100-square-foot polymer solar sail in orbit around the Earth. I missed it by five minutes. NanoSail-D was deployed by NASA earlier this year and has…
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Discovery Carries First Non-human Passenger Into Space

Everything went A-OK during Thursday afternoon’s launch of the space shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Even 40 miles away, the shuttle made for a spectacular sight as you can see in Duluthian JeRay Johnson’s photo. The ship is now en route to the International Space Station. Thursday morning, engineers filled its…
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