SpaceX CRS-4 launch

SpaceX CRS-4 launch

Falcon 9 lifts off from LC-40 at Cape Canaveral carrying the Dragon cargo ship to resupply the International Space Station on Sep. 21, 2014.

The Dragon spacecraft’s long-exposure arc ends in the direction of the constellation Perseus near the star Mirphak (α Persei).

The Pleiades, located in the constellation Taurus, appear prominently on the upper left side in the photo. The bright star Aldebaran also appears prominently on the left side.

Here is a zoomed-in view of the photo in Stellarium.

Stellarium Sep. 21

You can watch the CRS-4 launch event again in the video below.

Photo credit: SpaceX

Video source: SpaceX