Picture of the Day: The ISS and Solar Eclipse! | Jan. 5, 2011
THE ISS AND SOLAR ECLIPSE!
Photograph by Thierry Legault
See that spec in the upper left quadrant? The one that looks like a TIE fighter from Star Wars? That’s the International Space Station spotted during yesterday night’s partial solar eclipse!
Photographer’s description: Image of the solar transit of the International Space Station (ISS), taken from the area of Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman on January 4th 2011 at 9:09 UT, during the partial solar eclipse. Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor on EM-10 mount, Canon 5D mark II. 1/5000s exposure at 100 iso. Transit forecast calculated by www.calsky.com (many thanks to Arnold Barmettler for his help).
Transit duration: 0.86s. ISS distance to observer: 510 km. Speed in orbit: 7.8km/s (28000 km/h or 17000 mph).
The image shows three planes in space: the Sun at 150 million km, the Moon at about 400000 km and the ISS at 500 km.
via Thierry Legault
Every day at 5pm the Sifter will post the picture of the day