Thursday, December 30, 2010

Astonishing photo of lunar ISS transit

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From the files of “holy shit, that’s cool” comes this latest awesome snapshot from “amateur” astrophotographer Thierry Legault, this time of the International Space Station as it transited before the Moon a few hours before last week’s lunar eclipse (on December 21):

To further blow your mind: According to Phil Plait, as faraway as the ISS looks in that pic at 250 miles from the Earth, the Moon behind it is about 900 times further away at about 240,000 miles in the distance. It’s also about 35,000 times bigger.


(via Bad Astronomy)