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Space station sighted over Winshill

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

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WHEN people look up out of their gardens they expect to see a bird or a plane but, for one Burton man, he managed to catch a glimpse of the International Space Station.

Budding photographer Luke Chadbourne could not believe his luck when he spotted the ‘out of this world’ object above his house in Berry Hedge Lane, Winshill.

The 25-year-old, who works at Hi-Tech Products, in Swadlincote, spoke to the Mail about his super snap.

He said: “The picture was taken just after nine in the evening. This was one of the best passes we ever see as it almost goes directly overhead.

“The image was taken with my standard Canon DSLR camera with a telephoto lens.

“There are attachments I can get to get even closer but at a massive expense, there are also telescopic attachments to get probably three times closer than I can with my telephoto lens.

“In the future, If I can get my hands on a converter for my lens on a temporary basis, then I want to get more detailed shots of the moon and the International Space Station.

“I am also looking forward as it looks like Saturn will be visible with its rings in our night skies in around another couple of months.”

The space station lies in a low-earth orbit and is crewed by six astronauts.

The station began has been up in the sky since November 1998 and weighs a whopping 450,000 kg.

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