ISS Sails Over Santa Barbara
By Ronald Williams
Having read Chuck McPartlin's April 2 article on the International Space Station, my wife, Charlotte, and I took a look from our front yard on April 4.
Given that the waxing moon was nearly full (88%) we expected that the ISS would be difficult to see and scanned the northern sky fruitlessly with our binoculars. Then, at 8:37 PM, we saw what looked like an airplane behind some trees flying rapidly from west to east.
Since the bright light wasn't blinking we concluded that it was indeed the ISS — what a sight! I snapped a photo of the bright white dot with a telephoto lens before it abruptly vanished at 8:40 PM.
I then turned my camera to the moon and made the attached photo with the little blur of the ISS at the same magnification superimposed on the upper right hand side.