The ISS Flies By The Moon… Much Faster Than I Anticipated

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I watched quite a bit of Top Gear, and while I’m not a gearhead (petrolhead), I do love going fast. Real fast. Too bad I drive a four cylinder Subaru. When I see the International Space Station fly in front of the moon, I can’t even imagine at what speed they’re going. This provides excellent perspective on the nature of space travel (Here I am getting off topic again), because whenever you see videos from inside the space station, it’s going so incredibly slow. A dreamlike feel. This video shows the reality of the situation. It’s a large metal object hurtling through space.

The video was captured with a C500 shooting 4k externally and a 1,600mm Lens. Yes. A 1,600mm lens. I’ve heard it’s brilliant at portraits.

Check out this video and be amazed that people are actually in that flying object.

That's not only the moon, that's a space station!

Occasionally, from a very specific location, it is possible to photograph the International Space Station from the ground, as it crosses either the sun or the moon. This is one of the videos I have shot of the station crossing the moon. The cross is very quick, about half a second in this case. Shot with a 1,600mm lens on a Canon C500, shooting 4K to a Codex recorder. The three clips here are at real speed, half speed, and 10% of real speed, first set is labeled, second set is without a label.

International Space Station crossing the moon

This was shot on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 as the International Space Station was approaching the southwest coast of Florida, but still out over the Gulf of Mexico. Station was about 700+ miles away at the time this video was captured. There are three versions of the shot, first is real-time as shot 60fps; second is at 50% speed; third is rotated 90 degrees, enlarged and at 25% speed.

Shot on Canon C500 in 4K RAW, recorded out to a Codex Onboard S+ uncompressed, lens was a Canon 800mm f/5.6 with a 2x Extender. ISO 4,000 – f/18 – 1/800th second shutter – 60fps. Calsky.com was used to determine the crossing time and location.

International Space Station Crosses the Sun

It only takes 0.54 seconds for the station to cross the face of the sun, so I put it on here three times. Canon 1DC, 4K capture, 1080p down rez., 800mm f/5.6 lens with 2X converter – 1,600mm!

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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