A stunning amateur photo taken by Dylan O’Donnell, an Australian blogger and guest post writer for various sites interested in astronomy, went viral on the Internet in less than five days since it was first published.
The epic image depicts the full moon as seen from the Byron Bay, in Australia. What’s especially intriguing about this picture is the International Space Station caught in transit on the face of the Moon. The moon itself provides a dream-state-like view of our planet’s natural satellite, which reflects the sun light in tons of hues and varied brilliance.
The photo was named “International Space Station over Australia” by Mr. O’Donnell, and uploaded on his site. There you can download a high resolution version of the picture along with a raw, unedited image straight off the camera.
The International Space Station, a geostationary scientific facility which has orbited Earth since 1998, can be seen from various locations of Earth. To learn when the station will zoom by your country you should check the NASA’s website called ‘Spot the Station’.
The site has a list with sighting opportunities in more than 6,700 locations. The data is compiled by NASA scientists at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. NASA recommends picking a location that is closer to your city or town if you do not see them listed because the ISS is visible for a long time around those locations though it moves at about 5 miles per second or 17,150 miles per hour.
But catching it in a photograph it requires a great deal of luck, skill and planning, unless you are a professional astronomer and have are the equipment necessary in your laboratory.
And Dylan O’Donnell had a bit of everything. It took him 12 months to carefully plan the perfect shot within a fraction-of-a-second window. Although the space station is visible from many locations, it is very rare to have it perfectly lined up with the Moon, the full moon to be more precise.
O’Donnell explained that he received frequent updates of potential flyovers from the CalSky website. But taken the ultimate frame took some time.
“I’ve been waiting a long time — about 12 months. I got one this week and this was adjusted by 15 seconds by the time of the ‘occultation’,”
the blogger wrote on his website.
He took the photo with a Canon 70D bound to a Celestron telescope at a shutter speed of 1/1650th of a second. He admitted that he had to go outside and “sit there” with his camera and a watch. It took 0.33 seconds for the ISS to zoom by the Moon, so Dylan had to shot the perfect burst of photos on that one precise second.
Image Source: Deography
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