I started out thinking this would be way off and prove it was a digitally manipulated image, but in fact, the numbers work. Is this a still photo or a frame from a video? It would seem to me that to travel all that way and hope to time a shot down to a second or less would be silly — better to use a video to record the event and pull out the good stuff.
The first thing my wife said was that it looks like the Canadian flag!
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Also, I can see the moon blocking out a portion of the sun, but what is casting the shadow of the ISS if the shadow appears on the sun? I guess I need further explanation…. Of Pluto crossing a rich star cluster Messier 24 with dark nebulae Barnard 92 and 93 by any chance? If you stare at this image of the ISS for 20 seconds, and look away and blink, you see the Canadian flag…. On the hi-res version I see a little tiny Maple Leaf flag, too, albeit not in the right colour scheme. Sammy, the sunspot is on the Sun, about a million times further away than the ISS. Good to know that the astronauts on the ISS could see the eclipse as well.
The space station is physically passing in front of the sun from our perspective and blocking its light to the camera, same as the moon is doing. Check the diagram in the wiki of solar eclipse and imagine the ISS orbiting inside the circle of the moon, casting a similar little shadow just next to the dark shadow of the moon. January 4th, at I think you are correct in this, the corresponding sunspot would appear on the opposite side of the sun and in the northern hemisphere at a corresponding latitude.
So, if the station crosses it in 1 second, it will make degrees in seconds. This guy has essentially done just that photographically. Congratulations for the high end thinking. I love when reality models science fiction design, even unintentionally. To have the commitment, astronomical foresight, mathematical ability, photographic skill, and financial resources necessary to transport oneself into the right geographical location at the right time, with the right equipment, set in advance at the right settings, in order — at the right moment — to snap a view that lasts less than a second — Wow!
Favourite line from this sequence of programmes: In an interview, the guy said that he took the picture on the emergency lane of the highway A2. Even the highway police stopped to tell the to go away because it was a dangerous place to take photos. What are the chances of that, huh? Oh well, beginners mistake. I think these pics are very cool. I love to see the heavens in motion all together in one frame like this… including the parts that we have made and sent up there.
I had a similar question about another eclipse photo a few months ago. I was just wondering if its really worth taking these many efforts just to capture three objects coming in line.. But its all about the feeling i guess.. And if it really happened within a fraction of second as claimed here, then its worth a praise.. The ISS is T-shaped, so the silouette would be drastically different that what is presented in this photo. The panels in the photo show the panels are mounted so they rotate like a propeller, was compared to the panels on the ISS which rotate on thier long axis.
I practice astronomy during spare time and vacancies. For this photo, intially I checked periodically the opportunities of seeing a solar transit of the ISS during the eclipse, considering that it may happen anywhere including over my house, although it was not the most probable.
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When calculations showed that the only place was Oman, I got information about this country and discovered that it was a very nice and safe place to visit, with beautiful landscapes sea, mountains, canyons and deserts. So I decided to spend 10 days in the area including Dubai, not very far from there. Thus, the eclipse was not the only reason to travel there.
The excitement lies in the preparation and the making of the image, in the adrenalin that comes with the challenge, and in the pleasure to see the ISS on the screen of the camera after shooting, just for myself before publishing it. As for many things, the way is more interesting than the aim. My statements were only based on silouette comparison.
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Can the ISS present the silouette in the photo? Sometimes the less complex process provides more accurate information. Rotate 30 degrees or so anticlockwise. There is also a group of smaller sunspots, close to the center of the disk. And what a brilliant reason to take time off to see Oman! By Phil Plait January 4, Astronomy , Cool stuff , Pretty pictures , Top Post. Is that a TIE Fighter?
Increasing Entropy, Bowl Games, etc. January 4, at Or will it be the best 11… January 4, at Okay, jealousy mode off. And what would have happened had this eclipse been a few days earlier? VERY well done January 4, at I, too, thought it was a TIE fighter at first.
Pardon me while I hinge my jaw back on. That spacestation looks way to big for its altitude relative to the magnification. January 4, at 1: Angeles Duran owns it. The best thing from France since…. I am out of adjectives to describe this picture! Is that a Tie Fighter! January 4, at 2: Wow the ISS has been doing a lot of photobombing lately… January 4, at 2: Is that an X-Wing fighter? Legault so I can have a cigarette with him January 4, at 3: International orders are processed the next shipping day.
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But in fact, an eclipse is merely what happens when one stellar object passes in front of another and obscures it. In astronomy, this happens all the time; and between the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth, total eclipses have been witnessed countless times throughout history. The general term for when one body passes in front of another in a solar system is transit. This term accurately describes how, depending on your vantage point, stellar bodies pass in front of each other on a regular basis, thus causing the reflected light from that body to be temporarily obscured.
However, when we are talking about how the Moon can pass between the Earth and the Sun, and how the Earth can pass between the Sun and the Moon, we use the term eclipse. When the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and the Moon fully occults blocks the Sun, it is known as the solar eclipse. The type of solar eclipse — total or partial — depends on the distance of the Moon from the Earth during the event. During an eclipse of the Sun, only a thin path on the surface of the Earth is actually able to experience a total eclipse — which is called the path of totality.
People on either side of that path see a partial eclipse, where the Sun is only partly obscured by the Moon, relative to those who are standing in the center and witnessing the maximum point of eclipse. These are relatively brief events, generally lasting only a few minutes, and can only be viewed along a relatively narrow track up to km wide.
The region where a partial eclipse can be observed is much larger. This, of course, is an illusion brought on by the fact that the Moon is much closer to us than the Sun. And since it is closer, it can block the light from the Sun and cast a shadow on the surface of the Earth.
After a solar eclipse reaches totality, the Moon will continue to move past the Sun, obscuring smaller and smaller portions of it and allowing more and more light to pass. A total eclipse of the Moon is a different story. Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse can be observed from nearly anywhere in an entire hemisphere. In other words, observers all across planet Earth can see this darkening and it appears the same to all. For this reason, total lunar eclipses are much more common and easier to observe from a given location.
A lunar eclipse also lasts longer, taking several hours to complete, with totality itself usually averaging anywhere from about 30 minutes to over an hour. There are three types of lunar eclipses. Even during a total lunar eclipse, however, the Moon is not completely dark. Similar to what happens during a sunset, the atmosphere scatters shorter wavelength light, causing it to take on a red hue.
Since the Moon orbits the Earth, you would expect to see an eclipse of the Sun and the Moon once a lunar month. This means that three objects only have the opportunity to line up and cause an eclipse a few times a year. The term eclipse is most often used to describe a conjunction between the Earth, Sun and Moon. However, it can also refer to such events beyond the Earth—Moon system.
For example, a planet moving into the shadow of one of its moons, a moon passing into the shadow of its host planet, or a moon passing into the shadow of another moon. For instance, during the Apollo 12 mission in , the crew was able to observe the Sun being eclipsed by the Earth. In , during its mission to study Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft was able to capture the image above, which shows the gas giant transiting between the probe and the Sun.
In July of , when the New Horizons mission passed through the shadow of Pluto, it was able to capture a stunning image of the dwarf planet eclipsing the Sun. The image was taken at a distance of about 2 million km 1. On top of that, many other bodies in the Solar System can experience eclipses as well.
These include the four gas giants, all of which have major moons that periodically transit between the planet and either Earth-based or space-based observatories. The most impressive and common of these involve Jupiter and its four largest moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Given the size and low axial tilt of these moons, they often experience eclipses with Jupiter as a result of transits, relative to our instruments. A well-known example occurred in April of , when the Hubble Space Telescope caught an image of Ganymede passing in front at of Jupiter.
The other three gas giants are known to experiences eclipses as well. Pluto has also been known to experience eclipses with is largest moon and co-orbiting body Charon. However, in all of these cases, the eclipses are never total, as they do not have the size to obscure the much larger gas giant. Instead, the passage of the moons in front of the larger celestial bodies either cast small shadows on the cloud tops of the gas giants, or lead to an annular eclipse at most.
Similarly, on Mars, only partial solar eclipses are ever possible. Phobos and Deimos have also been known to experience lunar eclipses as they slip into the shadow of Mars. Martian eclipses have been photographed numerous times from both the surface and from orbit. For example, in , the Spirit rover captured images of a Martian lunar eclipse as Phobos, the larger of the two martian moons, was photographed while slipping into the shadow of Mars. In the course of imaging the Sun for a total of 17 minutes, Opportunity captured stills of the Sun experiencing a solar eclipse.
And on September 13th, — during the 37th day of its mission Sol 27 — the Curiosity rover captured an image of Phobos transiting the Sun. As far as astronomical events go, total eclipses Lunar and Solar are not uncommon occurrences. If you ever want to witness a one, all you need to do is keep track of when one will be visible from your part of the world. Get to the right spot at the right time, and you should be getting the view of a lifetime! We have written many articles about the eclipse for Universe Today.
And be sure to check out this article and video of an Annular Eclipse. Listen here, Episode You can watch the big orange globe rise on Friday Sept. Despite being one of the most common sky events, a Full Moon rise still touches our hearts and minds every time. No matter how long I live, there will never be enough of them. Once you know when our neighborly night light rises, pre-arrange a spot you can walk or drive to minutes beforehand.
The waiting is fun. Who will see it first? This still can be a tricky feat because the Moon is pale, and when it rises, shows little contrast against the still-bright sky. Since the Moon moves about one outstretched fist to the east left in the northern hemisphere each night, if you wait until one night after full phase, the Moon will rise in a much darker sky and appear in more dramatic contrast against the sky background. Refraction, illustrated the icy moonrise image above, is the big one.
It creates the squashed Moon shape. Much easier to see without any optical aid are the weird shapes the Moon can assume depending upon the state of the atmosphere. This Full Moon is special in at least two ways. Observers there should watch a dusky gray shading over the upper or northern half of the Moon around the time of maximum eclipse. Normally, the Moon rises on average about 50 minutes later each night as it moves eastward along its orbit.
But at Harvest Moon, successive moonrises are separated by a half-hour or less as viewed from mid-northern latitudes. The short gap of time between between bright risings gave farmers in the days before electricity extra light to harvest their crops, hence the name. Why the faster-than-usual moonrises? In spring, the angle is steep because the Moon is then moving quickly southward along or near the ecliptic, the path it takes around the sky. Rising times can exceed an hour.