Photos: International Space Station with a Lunar and Solar Backdrop

International Space Station with a Lunar, Solar Backdrop | 40Tech

Hall of Fame French astrophotographer, Thierry Legault, is obviously a man who is big on planning. If not, it is highly unlikely that he would have been in just the right place, at just he right time to take photographs of the International Space Station as it passed across the faces of the sun and the moon.

The images below both had an action window of less than one second, and though obviously tiny in comparison to the heavenly bodies, the International Space Station comes across incredibly clearly. The one of the sun is particularly interesting, as it takes place during a partial solar eclipse, and the space station shares the spotlight with a small black dot in the lower right corner of the sun — that is actually a sun spot that is larger than our entire planet.

Photo of International Space Station as it Passes Across the Moon | Thierry Legault

Photo of International Space Station as it Passes Across the Sun During Partial Solar Eclipse | Thierry Legault

If you are into what’s really going on in the sky, you should check out Thierry Legault’s website. It’s a terrible site, in point of fact, but the photographic content on it is amazing!

Amazingly well-timed photos of ISS silhouetted against moon, sun [Make]

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  1. I’m a bit disappointed that you don’t have a link to an astrophotographic camera that I can buy on Amazon :)

    I assume that these are cameras attached to telescopes?

    I was curious about the size of the space station after you mentioned that the sun spot (which seems smaller than the ISS) is as large as the earth. The space station is “just” 167 feet X 358 feet. That’s much smaller than I would have guessed (though I knew that it was obviously much smaller than the sunspot.)

    Amazing what an impact distance has on perspective in photos.

    • Lol! I’m surprised a camera didn’t come up in the adsense links… And yeah, I’m guessing specialised cameras attached to telescopes, powered by computers — that picture of ISS and the moon only had a window of 0.55 seconds.

      And I totally agree on the marvels of perspective. The images make the space station seem huge and sprawling, even if it looks like a TIE Fighter.

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  3. Awesome pictures. It took a lot of time and dedication to get those shots.

    I love this one too with the space shuttle docking with the ISS and the sun in the background:

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