NASA Just Recorded the International Space Station Flying in Front of the Eclipse

A NASA photographer captured a once-in-a-lifetime sight.

8. 21. 17 by Business Insider
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As the moon sneaked in front of the sun during Monday’s total solar eclipse, a NASA photographer captured a once-in-a-lifetime sight.

Joel Kowsky, one of the space agency’s photo editors, was in Banner, Wyoming, to watch the solar eclipse when he photographed the International Space Station zooming in front of a crescent sun.

Below is a video Kowsky recorded using a high-speed camera that recorded 1,500 frames a second. He also photographed the ISS with a standard camera.

Such high-speed recording is necessary because the ISS is roughly the size of a football field, orbits Earth from 250 miles up, and moves at a speed of 17,500 mph.

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To capture such a fast-moving object from the right angle requires not only months or years of planning but also a lot of luck.


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