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The great photos capture the moment the ISS passed in front of both the moon and sun



Amazing shots capture the fleeting moment of the ISS in front of the Sun and moon in its 17,000mph orbit

  • Photographer Andrew McCarthy, from California, posted the photos to his Instagram account
  • They are only a few days apart when the ISS passes before the moon and then the Sun
  • The footage was extremely difficult because the ISS and the background are very short, McCarthy said

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A series of stunning images captured the moment when the International Space National (ISS) passed in front of the Sun and Moon in stunning detail.

The photos, taken a few days apart, were taken in less than a second, as the space station was able to fly clearly in the sky against its spectacular celestial backdrop.

Every 90 minutes, the ISS, about 250 meters from Earth, completes the orbit of our planet at a speed of about 17,000mph.

Photographer Andrew McCarthy, from California, said the image of the ISS in front of the sun, in daylight, was ‘one of the hardest shots of mine ever’.

Sharing the photo on his Instagram page, @cosmic_background, McCarthy wrote: 'In less than a second, the sun aligned with the ISS and my backyard.  'This shot is the result of planning, timing and equipment'

Sharing the photo on his Instagram page, @cosmic_background, McCarthy wrote: ‘In less than a second, the sun aligned with the ISS and my backyard. ‘This shot is the result of planning, timing and equipment’

A series of stunning images captured the moment the International Space National (ISS) passed in front of the Sun and Moon

A series of stunning images captured the moment the International Space National (ISS) passed in front of the Sun and Moon

Sharing the photo on his Instagram page, @cosmic_background, McCarthy wrote: ‘In less than a second, the sun aligned with the ISS and my backyard.

‘This shot is the result of planning, timing and equipment.

‘I used two telescopes with cameras, one with a white light filter for ISS details and a solar telescope to see surface details.

‘I try to freeze a moment when the station is close to some interesting highlights, then align and blend the final images to get the perfect composition.’

Photographer Andrew McCarthy, from California, said this shot of the ISS in front of the sun, in daylight, was 'one of the hardest shots of mine ever'

Photographer Andrew McCarthy, from California, said this shot of the ISS in front of the sun, in daylight, was ‘one of the hardest shots of mine ever’

Just days after photographing the ISS in front of the Sun, McCarthy was lucky enough to discover the ISS again - this time a small crescent moon in the night sky.  He wrote on Instagram: 'It's not getting cooler than this'

Just days after photographing the ISS in front of the Sun, McCarthy was lucky enough to discover the ISS again – this time a small crescent moon in the night sky. He wrote on Instagram: ‘It’s not getting cooler than this’

The pictures, taken a few days apart, were taken in less than a second, as the space station was clearly enlarged against the bright background of both the moon and sun.

The photos, taken a few days apart, were taken in less than a second, as the space station was clearly enlarged against the bright background of both the moon and sun.

And just a few days later, Mr. McCarthy was fortunate to discover the ISS again – this time a tiny crescent moon in the night sky.

He wrote on Instagram: ‘It’s not getting cooler than this.

‘I spent hours searching for the right location, hoping to be able to capture something I had never seen before – a razor-thin crescent moon transition ISS.

‘There’s something about the way the illuminated ISS sits in the middle of the crescent that gives it a sense of depth that I couldn’t capture in my previous transitions.’

The ISS, the orbital lab recently celebrated 20 years of human life, completing a trip around the Earth every 90 minutes at about 17,130 miles per hour.

EXPLANATION: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION 100 BILLION USD SIT SIT 250 MILK ON Earth

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) scientific and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth.

It has been in permanent service by groups of alternating astronauts and astronauts since November 2000.

Research done on the ISS typically requires one or more unusual conditions present in low Earth orbit, such as low gravity or oxygen.

ISS studies have investigated human studies, space medicine, life science, physical science, astronomy, and meteorology.

The US space agency, Nasa, spends about $ 3 billion (£ 2.4 billion) a year on the space station program, a level of funding approved by the Trump administration and Congress.

A committee of the US House of Representatives overseeing Nasa has begun to consider whether to expand the program after 2024.

Additionally, this money could be used to speed up human space initiatives planned to go to the moon and Mars.

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