ISS And Cygnus OA-8 S.S. Gene Cernan
Taken by Szabolcs Nagy on December 11, 2017 @ London, UK
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I have been only dreaming of taking an image of Cygnus OA-8 since it departed form the International Space Station on the 6th December. This morning (11th December) I have never imagined this will happen tonight as it was snowing till about 1pm in London. But satellite pictures showed that it might clear up so I rushed home from work and packed up and went to the nearest park. First ISS came nice and bright. Then Cygnus which was very bright, at least much brighter than I expected (mag 2.9 according to Calskys predictions). Size may not be totally to scale, because at the time of the photo ISS was about 100km farther than Cygnus, so the station looks smaller compared to the real scale.
Best capture of my life so far. All the details on the photo.

IMPORTANT! They were not on the same screen/field of view, Cygnus appeared about 5 mins after ISS was gone.

Dimensions: 6.3 m (21 ft.) in length by 3.07 m (10.1 ft.) in diameter

As Orbital ATK name their cargo ships, this one is called Gene Cernan to remember the Apollo-17 astronaut, who passed away a short while ago.
RIP Gene Cernan!
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Great, very good!
Posted by Jupi1203 2017-12-12 12:55:01
I am happy for you and understand you need a lot of good things to go your way. Your ISS and Cygnus OA-8 images are truly images you should be proud of. :-) Well Done!
Posted by Philip Smith 2017-12-13 12:45:42
Thanks a lot Philip and Jupi1203!
Thing in space are a difficult photographic subject, but seeing photos like your Philip is a massive encouragement for sure.
Compliments are hugely appreciated! :)
Posted by wasabee007 2018-01-24 11:39:45
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