On Monday I captured the space station in front of the moon. [OC]

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ajamesmccarthy on November 24th, 2021 at 23:34 UTC »

By positioning myself at just the right point on Earth and just the right time, I can capture the silhoutte of the International Space Station against the bright sunlit moon. These fleeting events last only moments, and in this case the ISS was only within the frame of my camera for 1/25th of a second.

This image is one of the clearest transit pictures I've captured so far, with the ISS captured at a whopping 2800mm for extreme detail. This is a small crop, the final image was created as a mosaic, by stitching together the rest of the moon to the frame that included the ISS, making a crystal clear portrait of that moment. You can see the full size pic on my insta, just look me up (cosmic_background) since I can’t link it here.

To bring out the hidden color of the moon, a series of saturation adjustments were applied to reveal the mineral composition of the regolith. Reddish areas are iron rich- you're seeing the effects of particles from Earth's atmosphere producing iron oxide from the iron-rich basalt. The bluer areas are rich in titanium. Combined these colors make our familiar moon seem almost alien in nature, which of course it is.

You can see the video of the pass here Note: This is slowed down over 6x. It was recorded at 160+fps, and played back here at 24fps

itchytrigger420 on November 24th, 2021 at 23:36 UTC »

Come someone remind me how fast the ISS is travelling? Beautiful capture mate.

TitaniumTriforce on November 24th, 2021 at 23:59 UTC »

That's no moon...