Astrophoto: Space Station Creates a Zipper on the Sun

by Nancy Atkinson on May 16, 2014

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A mosaic of 46 images showing the transit of the ISS across the sun visible from southwest London on  May 16, 2014 at 06:23 UT. Credit and copyright: Roger Hutchinson.

A mosaic of 46 images showing the transit of the ISS across the sun visible from southwest London on May 16, 2014 at 06:23 UT. Credit and copyright: Roger Hutchinson.

“I’ve been wanting to get one of these for ages!” said astrophotographer Roger Hutchinson from London, England. This awesome image of the International Space Station transiting across the Sun earlier today — which creates a “zipper”-like effect on the Sun’s surface – is a composite of 46 images, taken from Southwest SW London on May 16, 2014 at 06:23 UT. Roger used a Lunt LS60 Ha telescope and a Skyris 274C camera.

Amazing.

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drew May 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Cheesy, to say the least.

Scientists: Get over yourself. Thx.

Jeffrey Boerst May 17, 2014 at 1:49 AM

Ya, really! Get over yourselves…. (what?!) How does that criticism even apply??? This was simply a fun astrophoto someone took… A PHOTOGRAPHER, not even necessarily a scientist. Are you just THAT desperate to find things to troll about? lol! Get over YOURself, drew… (BTW, Spelling one’s name without a capital letter is really telling per feelings of inferiority, you know..?)

*LET ME GO ONNNN LIKE A ZIPPER ON THE SUN!*

drew May 17, 2014 at 3:04 AM

It’s not a zipper. Ok, the headline is cheesy. I’m inferior because of the size of “d” I chose to use for some random website? That’s intelligent. You judge people based on the size of a letter? You should not do that because it’s totally retarded.

tete May 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I was looking at the moon and after some minutes when I looked again in the sky, the moon wasn’t there. I couldn’t see it anymore. how do you explain it??? the sky was clear with not many clouds.
thank you

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