Images Connect Subaru Telescope and the International Space Station
November 16, 2015
When JAXA astronaut Kimiya Yui tweeted a picture of Maunakea from the International Space Station, Subaru Telescope's astronomer Dr. Hideaki Fujiwara returned the favor by taking an image of the ISS flying high over the mountain on November 4, 2015. Yui is Japan's only astronaut onboard the ISS at that time, and is working on a long-term assignment as a flight engineer.
In Fujiwara's image sequence, the station looks like a bridge of light shining high over Maunakea. Dr. Fujiwara, who is Subaru Telescope's Public Information Officer/Scientist described conditions on Maunakea when he took the images, "It was very windy, the Moon was bright, and the high clouds were roaming around," he said. "Even with these bad conditions, it was delightful to see the shining trace of ISS in the sky over Maunakea. It looked as bright as Jupiter."