Photos of the ISS over Belfast at Night

I had the pleasure of seeing my first ISS (International Space Station) pass during the summer. Basically you get to see the space station hurtling overhead with the sun reflecting off it’s huge solar panel wings. This makes it look like a star flying through the night sky. It is a fantastic sight which I have now seen plenty of times. The easiest way to see it is to follow Twisst on Twitter. This service allows you to tell them your location and they will send you a tweet to notify you of upcoming passes that you will be able to see. It’s free and works perfectly.

So when I was leaving work and realised that there was one coming up soon I was rather excited given that it was a very clear evening. However I soon realised I would be stuck in traffic and the chances of seeing it were slim. However, as the time approached I was nearing the outskirts of Holywood and decided to drive down to the shore for and try and capture it’s journey overhead using a long exposure shot on my camera. The results are below. Click for the full size versions. You can see the diagonal light trail of the ISS as it moved upwards from the horizon and passed over Belfast at about 6pm tonight.

ISS over Belfast
Coming into view in the middle of the image – the faint diagonal light trail (Click for large version)

ISS over Belfast
Much clearer now (Click for large version)

ISS over Belfast
Getting clearly visible (Click for large version)

ISS over Belfast
Heading off into the night (Click for large version)

By way of a comparison, here is how far the FlyBe arrival from Bristol travelled in 30 seconds!

Light trails into Belfast City Airport
(Click for large version)