Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Photo: Trippiest Image Ever Taken In Space?

Expedition 31 Flight

The image was made by Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit, who composited it from 18 different shots. My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes. However, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.

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