Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fiery Reentry

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On February 23, 2015 space debris from Stage 3 of the booster rocket that put a Chinese satellite into orbit in December of 2014 fell back to earth. There were very few sightings because it was almost at 11:00 p.m. MST, but it was reported by people from Mexico to Alberta, Canada. Of course there are very few photos of it because no one was expecting it and I just happened to be at the right place at the right time.

It was actually much closer than it appears in this photo because I was using a 14mm lens and so it makes things appear a lot further away. In this image It is disappearing to the North over the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, USA. I think it's also kind of cool that you can see trails from parts that were coming off of it and following along. They must have been pretty big parts. The light on the snow is from the moon which was hidden behind the Moulton Barn in Grand Teton National Park.

I posted a different photo from the same sighting a couple weeks ago, but I like this image even better.

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Hilary said...

Just wow. You captured an amazing once in a lifetime shot. How do you manage to have two different photos of it though?

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Fabulous capture, Scott!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That had to be a very satisfying moment. Well done.

Anita Johnson said...

Hi Scott, somehow I lost track of you in blogland. This shot is fantastic! Talk about the right place and the right time AND the skill to get the photo! Congrats!

Sandra said...

double WOW WOW

Rick said...

Gorgeous and serendipitous !

Great capture Scott.

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