Long Exposure Photographs from the Space Station

July 11th, 2012







NASA astronaut Don Pettit shot these long exposure photographs from from the International Space Station. Some of these photos show star trails, an aurora, and flashes of lightning on Earth. Here are a few words from Don Pettit about how he creates the images:

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.

Found via PetaPixel

Posted by on 07/11/12 in Photography

5 COMMENTS   »  Leave your Comment

  1. fotomate says:

    you can use BULB option to have longer than 30 sec exposure or use external shutter control tool to control exposure electronically :)

  2. Shelby White says:

    @Fotomate, that’s what I thought too, but then he does say that “electronic detector noise” was snowing out the images.

  3. davegkugler says:

    I feel like shooting from space is cheating. Amazing images!

  4. Time says:

    I’m shocked! Impressive!

  5. M.K. Hajdin says:

    Don Pettit is awesome in every way. This is merely further proof. ;)


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