A Beautiful Composite Image of the ISS Crossing the Sun

By Jamie Condliffe on at

What happens when the International Space Station flies past the Sun? Nothing as bad as the fate that befell Icarus, fortunately — just a nice image, instead.

In this picture, you can see the silhouette of the ISS as it passed across the face of Sun on Sunday September 6th. Moving at about 5 miles per second, the image actually shows five frames that were captured during the transit, stitched together as a composite.

It’s not the first image we’ve seen of the space station passing by the Sun (or the moon, either) but the composite does a nice job of putting the scale of the objects into perspective. Dwarfed by the size of the sun, it’s hard to imagine that the funny-shaped little craft actually serves as home to nine astronauts right now. [NASA]

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls