See You Next Time

ISS and Shuttle

The International Space Station and The Space Shuttle “Endeavour”
Sketch and Details by Aleksander Cieśla

International Space Station and Space Shuttle “Endeavour” about 1 hour and 14 minutes after separation.

Sketch information:
Scope: Schmidt-Cassegrain 5” with Antares W70 25mm
Place: Poland, Wroclaw – near city center
Weather: Good. Seeing 7/10. Light Pollution
Time & date: 28 november 2008. 5:01PM (17:01)
Technique: Pencil and finger blur
Tooling: Scan only

Sketching the ISS


The International Space Station
Sketch and Details by Aleksander Ciesla

This is my sketch of International Space Station. It is original i think.

Sketch information:
Scope: Celestron SCT 5” with Antares W70 25mm
Place: Poland, Wroclaw – near city center.
Weather: Not good. Seeing 5/10. Faint fog. Light pollution.
Date and time: 2 October 2008. 7:19 PM (19:19)
Technique: Pencil with finger blur.
Tooling: Scan and GIMP 2 working (only blur option)

Aleksander Ciesla

Cometary Impersonator

Feul Dump

Atlas Centaur 5 Fuel Dump on December 10, 2007
By Ed Sunder

Observer: Ed Sunder
Location: Flintstone, Georgia, USA
Naked Eye
December 10, 2007 – 5:50 pm
Sketched generated with Adobe Photoshop over star background
generated by Starry Night.

On December 10, 2007, an Atlas 5 rocket launched a classified payload into orbit. After completing it’s first orbit, the depleted Centaur upper stage put on a spectacular show for eastern North America as it dumped its residual fuel overboard. Sightings were reported from Louisiana to Canada. Ed Sunder witnessed the event from Flintstone, Georgia, USA. Like many who observed it, Ed was not immediately aware it was a fuel dump. He noted, “…at 6:50 I looked up in the night sky and nearly directly overhead was a magnitude 1 comet! The core was exceptionally bright (at least mag 1) and the coma was very large – the whole thing was nearly the size of the moon in appearance….I can’t describe how excited I was – I literally had goosebumps. I just wish I’d brought my camera and binoculars.”

Although he was not able to photograph the event, he was able to create a sketch of what he saw later that evening. Using a star field generated by his planetarium software, Ed illustrated the comet-shaped phenomenon so others could visualize the event.

A satellite runs through it

 The Sun with AR923 & 924

The Sun with AR923 & 924

The Sun in white light with active regions 923 & 924: November 19, 2006
100mm achromat refractor with 10mm Plössl e/p & MV filter for contrast.
From Albuquerque, NM (36N 106W).

(2nd frame: mysterious satellite transit at 2132UT; RA 15:40:32, Dec. 19° 35.15′)

Sketch medium: graphite on paper.

Andy English