Photographer Captures the ISS Passing in Front of the Moon

The International Space Station moves incredibly fast in orbit around the Earth. In fact, its average speed is 17,150 miles per hour (27,600 km/h). To put that in perspective, the average bullet speed is 1,700 miles per hour. That’s 10 times faster than an average bullet. And, yet, photographer Gadi Eidelheit managed to capture the ISS shooting past the moon. Incredible, right?:

Pulling off the whole “mission” required some careful planning and quite good timing. (Via PetaPixel)

ISS just had passed the moon

Eidelheit used maps from a site called Heavens-Above.com to locate and fine tune the location of objects in the sky. Using the map in fine detail, he found a place nearby where he would be able to observe the moon and the ISS. Using a Canon PowerShot SX50 and a Canon 700D with a 18-250mm Sigma lens, Eidelheit managed to capture a rare shot of the moon with the ISS whizzing by.

A moment befoe the ISS wheezes past the moon

Eidelheit had to plan everything up front with incredible precision, go to a place which isn’t just his backyard, but a nearby town, and get the right image at just the right time.

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One Comment

  1. Avola says:

    Excellent work. I can imagine the volume of work for preparing the meeting with the moon and ISS. Great footage.

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