Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- New York to London Milky Way
Posted on 06/14/2014 5:23:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Bright stars of Sagittarius and the center of our Milky Way Galaxy lie just off the wing of a Boeing 747 in this astronomical travel photo. The stratospheric scene was captured earlier this month during a flight from New York to London, 11,0000 meters above the Atlantic Ocean. Of course the sky was clear and dark at that altitude, ideal conditions for astronomical imaging. But there were challenges to overcome while looking out a passenger window of the aircraft moving at nearly 1,000 kilometers per hour (600 mph). Over 90 exposures of 30 seconds or less were attempted with a fast lens and sensitive camera setting, using a small, flexible tripod and a blanket to block reflections of interior lighting. In the end, one 10 second long exposure resulted in this steady and colorful example of airborne astronomy.
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[Credit & Copyright: Alessandro Merga]
That is one high-flying plane!
Boeing should be PROUD! LOL!
hahaha! “Fly Me To The Moon”
11,0000 meters above the Atlantic Ocean.
Uhhh, I don’t think so.
Isn’t that 36k feet?
Read it closely, it says 110000 meters.
That is 68 miles.
I do believe you are correct as the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) makes the civilian recognition of Outer Space (Karman Line) at 100 km (62 miles). Given that, I think that there is an extra zero there!
Actually, if you go with the European convention of using a comma as the decimal separator, this jumbo jet was flying about 40 feet above the surface... (to 4-digit precision ;)
‘Talk about hitting the deck!
Oops! Dang small font on my smart phone.
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