Space station transits sun during eclipse – EarthSky

Posted: August 25, 2017 at 3:44 am

During the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse, the International Space Station (ISS) passed three times through the penumbral shadow of the moon on Earth. Astronauts aboard ISS captured images of the moons shadow on Earth, as did other earthly spacecraft. During the eclipse, people using the right equipment and located in the right place could catch the fleeting pass of ISS across the suns face. That pass was seen from a very thin ground track from California through Canada. Meanwhile, there was only one place where you could witness both a transit of the ISS across the partially eclipsed sun and the total solar eclipse later in the morning; it was at the intersection of this transit path with the moons shadow path in Wyoming. The video above from Destin Sandlin at the educational video series Smarter Every Day, and from professional photographer Trevor Mahmann, who earns his living in part via his Patreon page shows that ISS transit.

Its an amazing video and a tribute to our modern information world. Its only now through information sharing and combined knowledge that such things as videos of ISS transits across the suns face during eclipses have become possible!

Great job, guys, and awesome video!

Transit of the International Space Station across the partial eclipsed sun, August 21, 2017. Image via Trevor Mahmann. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Bottom line: Video showing a transit of the International Space Station across the face of the sun during the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse.

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