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A Visitor to the Moon

UPDATE: March 1, 2015 – turns out it was NOT the ISS. We checked and it was on the other side of the world at the time the pics were taken (4:39PM PST). Plus it’s in the wrong location, and moving in the wrong direction. Best guess now is a satellite.


No idea what I got here, but there’s clearly a small shape moving past/above the moon.  I don’t think it’s a UFO (well, technically it is, because I don’t know what it is but I don’t think it’s a spaceship from Mars), wondering if it could be the ISS or a satellite that caught the light of the setting sun. Pretty cool, though. I never got a “bonus” in the frame before!  One of my Twitter friends, @GeoffreySperl, thinks it’s the ISS!! EEEE!! Score!

ADDED: March 1, 2015 – A couple more, with less color. Never thought I’d complain about the sky being too blue.

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6 thoughts on “A Visitor to the Moon

  1. I see that speck in the sky all the time. (I’m on the west coast, too.) I think it’s a satellite.

    I have an app on my Kindle that tells me when the International Space Station is visible in the sky where I’m at. It was in the southeastern sky at around 6:30am this morning, but it was foggy here. The same app tells me it will be 13 degrees above the horizon on the 10th of March from 0542 to 0545 (too early for me), also in the southeastern sky.


    1. Really?? I’ve never seen it before, and wouldn’t have noticed it without blowing up the pictures. I get the alerts on the ISS from but we determined it couldn’t have been the ISS. Alastair Reynolds suggested some kind of balloon. No idea what the little tail might be. I’ve never caught anything like it on camera before, though.


      1. Yes, if you click the pics to enlarge them, you can see it’s not just a ‘dot’, there’s something trailing or hanging under it in each photo. Clearly attached or part of it in some way.


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