Images of China's Orbiting Space Station have been snapped by an amateur astronomer. While watching for a glimpse of Italy's SkyMed-2 satellite, a second brighter satellite – which turned out to be China's Tiangong 1 Space Station - flew across amateur astronomer Kevin Fetter’s field of view. Fetter was observing with a low light security camera on a telescope mount. In this looping video clip, the smaller object is SkyMed-2. The Chinese station module - which was launched on September 29th – 2011 is the larger, brighter vehicle. For SPACE.com, I’m Dave Brody.
While watching a fly-over of Italy's SkyMed-2 satellite, a second brighter satellite - China's Tiangong 1 - flew across the view of amateur astronomer Kevin Fetter's low light security camera. The Chinese module was launched on September 29th.
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