The ISS passing over Port Elizabeth

The International Space Station came speeding over PE today from the south west and heading to the north east. Grabbed a few photos with the 10mm at f3.5 and ISO 200 with 40-ish second exposures.

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The ISS appearing low on the south western horizon, initially showing up with a slightly red-tinted light.

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As the station climbs higher into the sky, the foreshortening effect disappears and it appears to accelerate and leave a longer trail.

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The last of the south western shots as the station passes out of range of the lens, at well over the zenith. To the right, a large meteor flamed over the city at the same time.

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The last photo shows the ISS disappearing into the Earth’s shadow and fading from view as it passes through the constellation Lepus, flanked by Orion and Canis Major. The overbright moon lit the trees and buildings in all these shots.