ISS and Discovery made a nice pass through Cepheus March 17.  Low, thin clouds and skyglow from Albuquerque made the pass a bit tricky to image.

If you know where to look, you can see The Garnet Star in this image.

8:49 p.m. local time

Nikon D70  on tripod

ISO 400

F/4   80 seconds

ISS and a mystery satellite…..

ISS and mystery satellite

Watched and imaged this nice ISS pass from 7:53:50 to about 7:54:45 p.m. Mountain time. The ISS flew through Leo Minor,( the streak on the right) and the “mystery” satellite which was as bright as the ISS at times, passed from east to west through the bowl stars of The Big Dipper (streak on the left) . Any ideas? Date was March 15. Viewing spot in Tijeras, New Mexico. About 25 miles east of Albuquerque. I looked on Heavens-above and didn’t find any candidates. Help.

Update: Satellite watching guru Ted Molczan has notified me this was  the RESURS 1-4.     I hope to keep an eye on it now!

I’m NOT a morning person, especially after setting the clock ahead!


But I dragged myself out of a perfectly warm bed to make this image of the international space station as is passed east of Sagittarius.

Nikon D 70 on a tripod.

ISO 400

1 minute   19 degree temps….  I did not see the wayward toolbag that was predicted to fly by seven minutes earlier, but I did see a couple of old Russians.  (rocket bodies) The next sighting opportunity for the tool bag is March 14.  It’s an evening pass, so I’ll try again then.

Mesa Solargraph

Mesa Solargraph

This image is a three month solargraph from Anderson Mesa.  I collaborated with Brian Skiff at Lowell Observatory and the above is our result.

I made a small pinhole camera loaded with photo paper, and then Brian placed the camera and let it collect solar photons for a while.  A long while.

This is the result from the Autumn Equinox until Winter Solstice.  The streaks in the image were made by the daily track of the Sun.