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International Space Station And Moon Eclipse Our Sun

January 6, 2011

Here is an amazing picture of partial solar eclipse which occurred on January 4th and was visible in parts of Asia, Africa and Europe. In this picture you can see sun being blocked by two of Earth’s satellites, the natural one- moon and the artificial one- International Space station (ISS)! Clearly you can see the moon blocking the sun. If you look closely, on the top portion of the image, you can see the shadow of ISS while in the central and lower parts of the image you can see few sun spots. These sun spots will peak in their activities during next two years as sun reaches solar maximum in 2013. While the partial  eclipse lasted for few minutes, the ISS was visible for just split of a second and astrophotographer Thierry Legault was able to capture that moment, isn’t that amazing. He traveled all the way to Muscat to capture this beautiful image; you should check out his website for more such images.

By the way, Happy New Year to all of you. Thanks to all of you for all the encouragement, hopefully this year I will continue posting more and more interesting stories.

Image credit: Thierry Legault |http://www.astrophoto.fr/

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