Star Trails as Seen From Space

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

Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today’s Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT’s Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is the author of the new book “Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos.” She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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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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