Amazing photo of sun eclipsed by moon and ISS

275x250.jpg There were countless photographs taken of the partial solar eclipse yesterday… but this one has to be our favourite.

It shows (or the bigger version below does) a double partial solar eclipse with both the moon and the International Space Station passing in front of the sun.

And it didn't happen by accident, after calculating the geometry of the ISS orbit, astrophotographer Thierry Legaul travelled from France to the Sultanate of Oman to get the perfect shot.

Not only that, but he had to act fast, because the ISS was only in front of the Sun for less than second… meaning we'd have still been fiddling with the lens cap.
275x250.jpg Legaul says he used a Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor on EM-10 mount, and a Canon 5D mark II. set at 1/5000s.

The sun, moon and ISS only overlapped for a total of 0.86 seconds and in case you were wondering the relative distances were, Sun 150 million km, Moon 400,000 km and the ISS 500 km.


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