It may look like a TIE fighter in a galaxy far, far away, from the NASA image the International Space Station is in transition from our nearest star.
A photographer captured the vessel moving from the radiant sun about five miles per second from Fredericksburg, Virginia on June 24 at approximately 1:15 PM ET.
Joel Kowsky, a NASA photographer, was able to capture the 54-second transition with a camera that recorded 10 frames per second.
While the space station in the image resembles a fighter jet from the movie Star Wars, the prominent sides are the massive solar panel arrays that power the ship.
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It may look like a TIE Fighter in a galaxy far, far away, according to NASA image, the International Space Station is on its way past our nearest star
The International Space Station (ISS) is currently home to expedition 63 NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Douglas Hurley, Robert Behnken and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.
It rotates 250 miles above Earth and has been permanently manned by rotating astronauts since November 2000.
The heroes of the ship’s cockpit spend their days conducting a series of experiments, including human research, space medicine, life sciences, natural sciences, astronomy and meteorology.
Over a 24-hour period, the crew witnesses 16 sunrises and sunsets, and while the ISS often passes between Earth and the sun, capturing an image of transit is a rare occurrence, according to Earth Observatory.
A photographer captured the vessel traveling about five miles per second through the glowing sun at about 1:15 a.m.ET from Fredericksburg, Virginia
But on June 24, Kowsky was able to record the event while in Virginia.
Kowsky says many websites help determine when the ISS gets through the sun, but the weather and timing are usually the main issues when taking clear photos.
“With a very limited view path along the ground, clear weather at the identified location is one of the most limiting factors in capturing a passage,” he said. wrote.
The ISS is similar to Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter in the Star Wars movies
Last week, NASA released a stunning 10-year timelapse of our sun in glorious 4K.
The video shows one photo of the sun per second for every day for the past 10 years, condensing a decade of the sun in 61 minutes.
The photos are from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a spacecraft launched ten years ago from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
From Earth orbit, SDO has collected 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, representing 20 million gigabytes of data.
The photos were taken at a wavelength of 17.1 nanometers – an extreme ultraviolet wavelength that shows the outer atmospheric layer of the sun, ‘corona’
The video, simply titled ‘A Decade of Sun’, makes the corona swirl, shine and blow in incredible detail for just over an hour.
Joel Kowsky, a NASA photographer, was able to capture the 54-second transition with a camera that shot at 10 frames per second. The image is a composite of six frames that capture the ISS moving across the sun
Although the space station resembles a fighter jet from the movie Star Wars, the prominent sides are the huge solar panels that power the ship, the ISS rotates 250 miles above Earth and has been permanently manned by rotating astronauts since November 2000.
SDO has documented stunning solar effects on the outer surface of the sun, including giant waves, coronal holes and magnetic explosions, as shown in the video.
“As of June 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory – SDO – has been looking at the sun nonstop for more than a decade,” NASA said in a blog post.
“SDO and other NASA missions will continue to observe our Sun in the coming years and provide further insights into our position in space and information to keep our astronauts and resources safe.”
EXPLANATION: THE $ 100 BILLION INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IS 250 MILES ABOVE EARTH
The International Space Station (ISS) is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) science and engineering laboratory orbiting 400 kilometers above Earth.
Since November 2000, it has been permanently manned by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts.
Research aboard the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions in low Earth orbit, such as low gravity or oxygen.
ISS studies have conducted research in human research, space medicine, life sciences, natural sciences, astronomy and meteorology.
The U.S. space agency NASA spends approximately $ 3 billion (£ 2.4 billion) annually on the space station program, a funding level endorsed by the Trump administration and Congress.
A U.S. committee of the United States House of Representatives overseeing NASA has started investigating whether to extend the program beyond 2024.
Alternatively, the money could be used to accelerate planned human space initiatives to the Moon and Mars.