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That's a Weird Looking Sunspot... Hold On... It's Actually the International Space Station Transiting the Sun!

ImaGeo iconImaGeoBy Tom YulsmanJul 3, 2014 10:39 PM

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The #ISS transits the sun. Credit: M. Teodorescu http://t.co/6Mlxpv9u6R#exp40pic.twitter.com/WSLPp0DoXr — Observing Space (@ObservingSpace) June 30, 2014

Maximilian Teodorescu of Magurele, Romania captured this fabulous image of the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun on June 30. Both he and his wife knew when the event would happen and set up their telescopes and cameras (with solar filters!) in a corn field in hopes of capturing some good photographs. "When the moment came we both push our remote control buttons and got the dark silhouette of the ISS close to the freshly emerged sunspot groups 2104 and 2107," he told Spaceweather.com. As it turned out, capturing the International Space Station transiting the Sun truly was an international affair, as another astrophotographer in New Hampshire was able to photograph the same scene:

Wait, have I seen this weird #sunspot befor---- oh right, it's the #ISS flying by! Made by John Stetson on June 30. pic.twitter.com/74DUdheJdj — Sun Viewer (@SunViewer) June 30, 2014

This photo is by John Stetson. In his post at Spaceweather.com, he wrote, "Hello Romania. Here is how it appeared over Portsmouth, NH at 11h12m18s local time. International? Indeed." Thanks to both of you for inspiring us with these incredible images.

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