Purple Light and the International Space Station

December 10, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

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ABP’s Queen Alexandra House, Cardiff lit up in purple light tonight to mark the contribution of disabled people to society.
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I was surprised to get a picture of the #ISS last week whilst photographing a building bathed in purple light to mark #PurpleLightUp #IDPWD2020 on Cardiff Bay Barrage.

Last week I was commissioned to photograph ABP's Queen Alexandra House bathed in purple light to mark International Day of The Disabled and spent a very cold hour or so in the dark around Cardiff Docks and the Barrage.

At the time I was just grateful that the days rain had blown through and wasn't really paying too much attention to what was in the very dark sky overhead but I was extremely surprised when viewing the pictures back in the warmth of the office later to see just how much detail was visible in the night sky despite the cities light pollution.

On one particular frame I noticed a streak of light just above the top right of the building. My first thought was that it was an aeroplane but then thought that unlikely as this was a continuous streak. After ruling out Santa doing a test run in readiness for the forthcoming big day I wondered about the International Space Station and on checking with the NASA timetables can confirm that this is indeed a picture of the ISS over Cardiff.

It's a fifteen second time exposure, hence the streak of light as the ISS moves across the night sky.
 


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