June 10 2011. ISS flyby (0318-0324hrs) and a super bright magnitude of -3.4. With almost 100% cloud cover I was fearing the worst for viewing opportunity. However, such was the brightness of the ISS that is shone through the deck of clouds. I was amazed. Captured with Olympus E5 & 8mm fisheye. The International Space Station is the biggest and brightest object orbiting Earth. The station's solar panels span 240ft tip to tip, as wide as a football field. The ISS outshines Venus & only the sun and moon are brighter (The moon does not orbit the center of the earth, rather, they both revolve around the center of their masses called the barycenter).Camera settings: 15s exposures shot continuous during flyby, ISO 500, F3.5. Post processing black and white conversion of the ISS images stack/combined with colour sequence of the ground lit shots.
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