NASA ISS Crosses Sun
Photo credit: Rainee Colacurcio
NASA has just released a breathtaking image of the International Space Station transitioning in front of the sun, as captured by Rainee Colacurcio. The ISS crossing the Sun isn’t a rare phenomenon, since it orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes, but capturing the perfect image with sublime timing and equipment most certainly is. Read more for a video and additional information.

This stunning picture combines two images, one capturing the International Space Station transiting the Sun, and the other taken consecutively that captures details of the Sun’s surface.

“Sunspots have been rare on the Sun since the dawn of the current Solar Minimum, a period of low solar activity. For reasons not yet fully understood, the number of sunspots occurring during both the previous and current solar minima have been unusually low,” according to NASA