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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Minotaur rocket launch seen from the Capitol

Minotaur rocket soars into sky behind Capitol (By author)
I went out for the rocket launch last evening with the idea of capturing the Capitol Building and the Minotaur rocket carrying an imagiing satellite for the U.S. military. It was set to go at 8:28 p.m. with a larger window, but delays pushed it to 10:05 p.m. and then back again to 11:09 p.m. When it went, it was quite a site. My main misfortune was putting myself in a spot where most of its climb was right behind the dome!

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Minotaur rocket first appears behind Capitol building (By author)
If you squint, you can see it just beginning to appear on the upper left of the dome — or check the larger image here. Capturing the light of the Capitol and the light of the rocket (which was somewhat dim comparatively) presented a challenge, so rather than miss the rocket I was willing to let the Capitol highlights “blow out” in spots. Foreground light is also why the trails are small, and why I “stacked” two photos for the first shot in this post.

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