Star Trails as Seen From Space

Article written: 2 Mar , 2012
Updated: 23 Dec , 2015


Astronaut Don Pettit has just put another wow-factor in astrophotography from the International Space Station, and provided a whole new perspective on a common but eye-catching photography technique of creating star trails. He posted two images on his Google+ page, with this description: “Star trails. I leave the shutter open for a long period, and our orbital motion makes the stars streak.” Just gorgeous.

See his second stunning image below.

Star trails, with a module from the International Space Station showing up in black. Credit: Don Pettit/NASA

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1 Response

  1. jorgecandeias says

    Love these! Espcially how the storms down here make it look as if Earth’s lights aren’t producing streaks, which at first sight seems odd. But of course they are.

    Love it! 🙂

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