NOAO News

Images for NOAO Press Release 01-06

Part of an image of a five hour time exposure of the sky.

This is one section of a long-exposure photograph taken on Kitt Peak, AZ, on January 3, 2001. The photo shows five commercial communication satellites hovering over Kitt Peak, an unidentified "tumbler" satellite presumably moving in a different orbit, and a streak created by the reddish Orion Nebula moving across the frame as Earth rotates during the five-hour exposure. The satellites, identified using data from the Internet, include American Mobile Satellite Co. (AMSC)-1 and Direct TV-1R

Amateur photographer Bill Livingston, a staff scientist with the National Science Foundation's National Solar Observatory near Tucson, took the image using basic camera equipment.

Download:
Low Resolution jpeg [250x211 pixels, 16K jpg]
Medium Resolution jpeg [526x444 pixels, 67K jpg]
High Resolution jpeg [1051x887 pixels, 386K jpg]


: :   : :   : :


Long exposure photo of night sky showing nearly 2 dozen satellites (thumbnail)

This long-exposure photograph taken on January 3, 2001, shows nearly two dozen space satellites hovering over Kitt Peak, AZ, southwest of Tucson. Nineteen commercial communications satellites in the image have been clearly identified using location data on the Internet. The reddish Orion Nebula and the bright star Rigel, among others, are visible as bright streaks due to the rotation of Earth during the exposure. Amateur photographer Bill Livingston, a staff scientist with the National Science Foundation's National Solar Observatory near Tucson, took the image using basic camera equipment.

Download:
Low Resolution jpeg [1096x291 pixels, 59K jpg]
Medium Resolution jpeg [2000x581 pixels, 265K jpg]
High Resolution tiff [1051x887 pixels, 14.5 MB tiff]


: :   : :   : :


 

NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc. under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

 

Page created and maintained by outreach@noao.edu