On summer nights in the countryside, the Milky Way stretches over the landscape.
The galactic center of our Milky Way galaxy rises over the southeastern horizon early on a spring morning in Virginia.
The International Space Station (ISS) sails through the night sky, under the Big Dipper, until fading from view as it enters the Earth's shadow.
The International Space Station (ISS) zips over central Virginia during the early morning hours on April 3, 2013. Heading through the Moon-soaked skies at 17,250 miles per hour, the space station is seen here in front of the very faintly visible Milky Way and a few stray wispy clouds.
The photo is a composite of several individual 15 second frames, so as to capture the continuous motion of the ISS over time without introducing significant star trails, or requiring an equatorial mount for tracking.
The International Space Station heads "toward" the full moon as it passes over central Virginia.