Is that a bird? Is that a plane? No, that is the International Space Station in front of the SUN!
The International Space Station has been going around the Earth since 1998. Ever since its launch, the spacecraft has facilitated multiple space missions and has observed many space chronicles. This permanently manned space station has also intrigued and fascinated many on the Earth as well. One of them, England-based Jamie Cooper, a professional photographer is also an admirer of the spacecraft. When he found out that the ISS would be seen passing the Sun from his location, he could not help but take a picture of the event. The resulting photograph looks absolutely breathtaking. Also read: International Space Station just escaped crashing into Russian weapons test debris, reveals NASA
According to a BBC report, 52-years old Jamie Cooper captured this tricky shot on June 17th. After finding out that the International Space Station would be visible from his house in Whilton, near Daventry, Northamptonshire, he brought out his telescope and high-speed video camera to record this moment which was going to last less than a second.
“There's a very narrow band where you, the space station and the Sun are all in a straight line and it's about three miles wide. I'd checked the data three days before and it was going to miss my house, I checked the day before and it was going to be over my house, so I was lucky,” Cooper told BBC.
Capturing the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun
At 10:22 BST (2:52 PM IST), the ISS was going to appear to pass the Sun from a particular location in Whilton in England. However, the entire passage was going to take place in less than a second. Even the slightest delay could have resulted in missing out on a very rare sight. However, Cooper prepared his specialist telescope along with filters to ensure he was able to capture the image. Also read: Viral! This man REJECTS call on iPhone from astronaut on International Space Station, breaks Internet!
“It's important to say I use a specialist telescope with a filter because you should never look at the Sun without a filter - it can lead to permanent blindness,” he added.
The final image of the ISS clearly showcases the minuscule looking space station passing in front of the Sun in a straight line. Although it may appear that the ISS is passing the Sun, it is actually just revolving around the Earth, and our perspective from the planet makes it appear as if it is venturing close to the Sun.