Photographer Andrew McCarthy is known for his astounding astrophotography from his backyard in Sacramento, California. Recently, he added two more interesting images to his portfolio: an extremely clear view of the International Space Station (ISS) crossing the Sun and Moon.
Assuming that the ISS orbits the Sun and Moon in less than a second from someone’s perspective on Earth, capturing a clear view of the transition is Not one easy thing to do.
McCarthy first caught an ISS crossing the Sun on Tuesday, October 6.
McCarthy wrote: “This image was taken simultaneously with two ranges, one with a white light filter for ISS details and one with a hydro-alpha solar telescope for viewing surface details. “By putting together the images, I get a sharp, detailed snapshot of the transition.”
The following week, on the morning of October 14, McCarthy captured the ISS crossing the Moon.
“[A]Fter spent hours searching for the right spot, I set up my gear on the side of the road in hopes of capturing something I had never seen before. McCarthy writes, ISS, illuminated by daylight, passing through a razor-thin crescent moon. “Something about the way the ISS is horizontally illuminated with a crescent makes it feel like a lack of depth in my previous transitions.
“This is recorded by recording high frame rate video during the pass and stitching together a full mosaic of the moon after the pass is completed, which is then combined with the photographs. was taken before sunrise to get ‘Earthshine’ that you see in the moon dark. “
You can find more of McCarthy’s work on his famous Instagram. You can also purchase fine art prints of his work and receive other perks (including full articles on how to make the photos) by supporting him through Patreon.
Image credit: Photo by Andrew McCarthy and authorized to use