ISS Pass Into Sunset
Taken by Alan Dyer on December 5, 2018 @ near Gleichen, Alberta
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  Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Exposure Time: 120/1
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 1600
Date Taken: 2018:12:05 22:15:20
 
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This is me gazing skyward at a passage of the International Space Station as it flies from west to east (right to left) and passes into the shadow of the Earth at top left and fades out as it experiences sunset.

This was December 5, 2018, two days after the arrival of Expedition 58 with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques for a 6-month stay. Canadians are enjoying nightly passes of the ISS this week (Dec 3-10) with our new astronaut on board.

This pass of the ISS started at 6:17 p.m. MST and was mostly sunlit but the late hour, while providing a dark sky background, meant that the ISS was going to go into our planet’s shadow and enter the night side of the planet.

The view is looking south, with west to the right and east to the left. The ISS passed almost directly overhead, crossing the Milky Way. Mars is the bright object above my head.

This is a stack of 4 x 2-minute tracked exposures at ISO 1600 for the sky and ISS path to keep the stars as pinpoint, and two untracked 1-minute exposures at ISO 3200 for the ground to minimize blurring, masked and blended in. All with the Sigma 8mm fish-eye lens at f/3.5 and Canon 6D MkII on the Star Adventurer Mini tracker.
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