Monday’s solar eclipse produced some stunning scenes.
As the moon moved across the sun, and blocked its light, everything fell silent – particularly in the United States where it was most prominent.
Aside from the images of American president Donald Trump ignoring safety advice to wear protective glasses when looking at the sun, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) also produced some world class pictures.
One photographer, Joel Kowsky – one of the agency’s photo editors – was in Banner, Wyoming to watch the eclipse when he photographed the International Space Station (ISS) zooming in front of the crescent-shaped sun.
Using a high-speed camera that records 1,500 frames a second. He also photographed the ISS with a standard camera.
The quick-speed shutter lens is needed as the beast travels at five-miles-per-second (18,000mph) – it means the station can cover the planet once every 90 minutes.
The space station, in all its tiny glory, can be seen as a little ‘H’ moving across the orange glow of the sun.
The composite image was created, and despite the several layers of the photo being merged, remarkably some people still thought the image was faked.
“NASA just recorded a movie with support of Hollywood team,” one person commented.
Another added: “Hil-LIErious.”
Others however were impressed, with one person writing: “A natural phenomena in the distance, with human touch of technology in the foreground. Yes, tis incredible.”
If the photo was a mock-up, it’s impressive artwork. But not as impressive as the captions that mocked Donald Trump for looking directly at the eclipse.
Scientists: Don't look straight at sun during eclipse.
Trump: Hold my glasses. pic.twitter.com/3MySTJYq4d
— Dan Worthington (@danWorthington) August 21, 2017
AIDE: You need to wear eclipse glasses.
TRUMP: Did Obama wear them?
AIDE: Yes – it's a safety issue.
TRUMP: Then it's settled. No glasses. pic.twitter.com/gXQrDat96l
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 21, 2017
The ISS may have seen small from down on Earth, but, in reality, it’s 109 metres long and five times bigger than America’s own station, Skylab.
Sixteen countries were involved in the process of its construction, including: The US, Russia, Canada, Japan, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. All at a cost of $120bn (£93.2bn).
Featured Image Credit: PA