Astrophotographer captures ISS as it passes across the Sun; pic goes viral

Astrophotographer captures ISS as it passes across the Sun; pic goes viral

Mehmet Ergun took the photo on April 2 from his base in Germany and had been planning the photo for three weeks.

An amateur astrophotographer has taken an incredible image of the International Space Station (ISS) flying in front of the Sun.

Mehmet Ergun took the photo on April 2 from his base in Germany and had been planning the photo for three weeks.

He has now successfully taken several images of the ISS in transit and posts them to his Instagram, where he has more than 14,000 followers.

Astrophotographer captures ISS as it passes across the Sun; pic goes viral
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The space fanatic captured the photo with a Lunt LS80 DSII solarscope, Rainbow RST-135 star tracker, a QHY5III174M camera, Hutech Hinode solar guider and a 2x Meade Series 5000 Barlow Lens

In April last year he captured high definition images tracking the space station’s journey in front of the Sun. The ISS is the largest object ever put into space by humans and measures 357 feet long. Ergün used a powerful telescope attached to a camera to capture 34 individual frames as the orbiting ISS crossed between planet Earth for less than one second. The images are then collated so the craft can be seen racing from one edge of the Sun to another in a short animation. The tiny satellite-shaped spacecraft looks like a miniature model as it’s seen racing from one side of our glowing orange Sun to the other. ‘The Sun moved very quickly because I use a high focal length and small sensor,’ Ergün said last year.

‘Astrophotography is a compelling hobby inspired by all the beautiful objects the universe has to offer.’

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