Space Station snapped in our starry skies

@Steve_P_Knight  Santa Claus (or International Space Station) & Broughton Castle on Christmas Eve NNL-141229-163701001
@Steve_P_Knight Santa Claus (or International Space Station) & Broughton Castle on Christmas Eve NNL-141229-163701001

An eagle-eyed Banbury Guardian reader captured a stunning image of the International Space Station (ISS) as it passed through the sky above Broughton Castle on Christmas Eve.

Steve Knight from Banbury, whose hobby is astronomy, said: “I knew the space station was going over at that time so I headed out to Broughton Castle to take the picture. I just used a DSLR camera on a tripod and took two-second exposures, two seconds apart and let the camera run continuously. I then composited them together and the picture is 34 images combined.”

ISS is a space station in low Earth orbit. Its first component was launched in 1998 and it is now the largest artificial body in orbit; it can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth.

Follow Steve Knight on Twitter: @Steve_P_Knight