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A Composite Photo of the International Space Station Transiting the Sun


This composite image made from five frames shows the International Space Station, with a crew of nine onboard, in silhouette as it transits the sun at roughly five miles per second, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, Shenandoah National Park, Front Royal, VA.  Onboard are; NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren: Russian Cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko, Oleg Kononenko, Sergey Volkov, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui, Danish Astronaut Andreas Mogensen, and Kazakhstan Cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The composite photo above shows the International Space Station zipping across the face of the Sun on September 6th, 2015. Traveling at 5 miles per second and carrying 9 crew members, the Space Station appears as nearly a tiny silhouette in the transit.

The image uses 5 quickly captured shots by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls, who had his camera set up at Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal, Virginia.

Here’s a closer crop of the image:

ISS Solar Transit

Back on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015, Ingalls captured a similar shot showing an ISS transit of the moon from Woodford, Virginia:

ISS Lunar Transit

(via NASA via Engadget)

Image credits: Photographs by NASA/Bill Ingalls