Astrophotography enthusiast Andrew McCarthy shared a three-slide post showing the transit of the International Space Station (ISS) against the Moon caught in a sunbeam that is going viral. The post will delight space and astronomy enthusiasts as it shows a truly amazing sight as the ISS crosses the Moon, lit up in amazing detail.
The second slide in the post shows a fascinating view of the ISS against the crescent, while the third one is a video in which the station can be seen briskly moving past the Moon. “This was a transit captured from my backyard this morning, and a difficult shot to capture since the moon was practically invisible against the glare of the sun. The transit against the lit portion of the moon lasted just a few hundredths of a second, shown here in a video slowed down roughly 6x,” McCarthy wrote in his post, dated two weeks ago.
On April 10, McCarthy had shared a thread about the same on Twitter as well. The California-based photographer said it was the most difficult transit that he had ever attempted to capture.
“Today, the @Space_Station briefly transited the 5.6% crescent moon. This was the most difficult transit I’ve ever attempted to capture. It required taking over 150 pictures per second to make sure I got it lined up properly,” he had tweeted.
Reacting to the transition video of ISS against the Moon, a Twitter user, @mailutkarsh97, asked if the station looked like TIE fighter ship from Star Wars.
Here are more reactions to McCarthy’s brilliance.
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