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Stunning image shows ISS in front of the Sun


Posted on Friday, 19 July, 2019 | Comment icon 5 comments

The ISS orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes. Image Credit: Rainee Colacurcio
NASA has released a breathtaking photograph showing the space station silhouetted against our solar neighbor.
The fascinating image, which was captured by Rainee Colacurcio and published as NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day" on July 15th, is nothing if not spectacular.

It is also quite unusual as it shows the Sun at a time when there are no sunspots.

"Transiting the Sun is not very unusual for the ISS, which orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes, but getting one's timing and equipment just right for a great image is rare," NASA wrote. "Strangely, besides that fake spot, in this recent two-image composite, the Sun lacked any real sunspots."

"The featured picture combines two images -- one capturing the space station transiting the Sun -- and another taken consecutively capturing details of the Sun's surface. Sunspots have been rare on the Sun since the dawn of the current Solar Minimum, a period of low solar activity."

"For reasons not yet fully understood, the number of sunspots occurring during both the previous and current solar minima have been unusually low."

Source: Big Think | Comments (5)

Tags: ISS, Sun

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by AllPossible on 19 July, 2019, 12:54
Wow ISS cirlces the Earth 16 times a day. Those guys are moving quick up there.
Comment icon #2 Posted by mdbuilder on 19 July, 2019, 14:55
Beautiful photo. Solar 'neighbor', however, falls dramatically short in describing this 'neighbor's' fundamental indispensability.
Comment icon #3 Posted by smokeycat on 20 July, 2019, 10:11
Looks like a TIE fighter coming in for the kill.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 20 July, 2019, 15:18
Yeah right. Like we're supposed to believe space is real... come on
Comment icon #5 Posted by Oakum on 28 July, 2019, 8:17
Is it just me or does the ISS look like the Canadian flag from afar!


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