ISS Perfectly Photobombs Total Solar Eclipse

first_imgVoila! The #Eclipse2017 shadow from @Space_Station, no words needed // Voilà! L’eclisse vista dalla Stazione Spaziale, non servono parole…— Paolo Nespoli (@astro_paolo) August 21, 2017Starting off the coast of Oregon and leaving US shores in South Carolina, the celestial phenomenon enveloped 14 states in complete darkness for about two minutes, and left many others partially veiled.Data collected on Monday will allow scientists to continue studying the sun’s atmosphere, helping to understand motions in the corona, cyclical changes in temperature, and more.If you missed this week’s spectacle, just sit tight: The next US eclipse is expected in April 2024. In the meantime, check out our roundup of The Best Eclipses in Sci-Fi History, including that opening scene in Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. “That’s no moon … It’s a space station.”Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi called it: The International Space Station was caught transiting the sun during Monday’s total solar eclipse.In a stunning photo tweeted by the ISS crew, what looks like a pesky speck of dust is actually the silhouette of the orbiting laboratory during one of its three revolutions around the sun. It’s the moon, sunspots AND the station in front of the sun. @NASA photographer captures station transiting sun during #Eclipse2017— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 21, 2017Look closely: That dot on the right, near the curve of the moon’s shadow, looks a bit different from the rest. You can even make out the station’s protruding solar arrays.Carrying a crew of six and traveling at about five miles per second, the lab can be seen much more clearly in this composite image, made from seven frames captured by NASA photographer Joel Kowsky.He also snapped this remarkable picture of the moon passing in front of the sun “at the point of the maximum of the partial solar eclipse” in Wyoming. Stay on target I hope y’all had a great view for the #SolarEclipse2017 yesterday! It was cool to see that ginormous shadow trucking across the USA!— Jack Fischer (@Astro2fish) August 22, 2017 Millions of people saw #Eclipse2017 but only six people saw the umbra, or the moon’s shadow, over the United States from space today.— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 21, 2017Onboard as part of Expedition 52 are NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson, Jack Fischer, and Randy Bresnik; Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy; and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Paolo Nespoli.Equipped with specially filtered cameras, the team had a few chances to photograph the solar eclipse from space; the ISS traveled over the event three times—the final pass offering the most coverage (84 percent).And they didn’t disappoint. Photos: Solar Eclipse 2019 Stuns South American Viewers’The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3 last_img

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