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A chap from the German space agency DLR has captured a fetching snap of the International Space Station transiting the Sun, appropriately last Sunday afternoon: The ISS shown transiting the Sun. Pic: Thilo Kranz/DLR Snapper Thilo Kranz explains: "I took this image of the ISS as it passed across the solar disk in just 0.51 …


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  1. werrington
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    He's drawn that on with a biro

    1. Annihilator Silver badge


      It's a smudge on the lens!

  2. Hedley Phillips

    Better picture showing Atlantis about to dock

    1. Anonymous John


      You've posted a link to this page.

    2. BristolBachelor Gold badge
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      Re: Better picture showing Atlantis about to dock

      Funny, your link just sent me back to this page!

      This is a picture taken by a French guy in Madrid, showing Atlantis approaching the station:

    3. Hedley Phillips

      Can't even post a link! meh

      What an idiot.

      This is the link I meant to post:

      from the Astronomy Picture of the Day site.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    group of sunspots?

    C'mon, that _must_ be the shadow of the ISS!

  4. SuperTim

    there was a better pic

    in the mirror (yes it shocked me too). that pic shows the shuttle leaving the station. I presume the same bloke took the pic cos it looks almost identical.

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      Same bloke

      I saw that too (it was the shuttle approaching, not leaving tho). However, the Mirror redeemed itself with this classic explanation of the photo:

      "Legault, 48, travelled from France to Madrid to get the image which was taken in daylight"

      Just in case you thought he'd taken a picture of the Sun at night!

  5. Mike Hanna

    Black smudge

    What's that black mark just high of the Sun's centre? Is that another craft just out of focus range? Is the ISS under attack?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Be afraid, be very afraid

      Looks like the lizard cloaking device isn't working too well

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      Clue is in the article

      "Close to the centre of the Sun, a group of sunspots is visible."

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    I don't know

    200c in the sun and -270c in the shade, doesn't seem that appealing to me....Now Paris :-)

  7. Dennis
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    That's not the ISS

    I've looked at the image and I don't think it's the ISS.

    I wondered if it was a black helicopter.

    But, no, I've decided ... it's Santa, Rudolf et al off on their summer holiday.

  8. David McMahon
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    Is it legal...

    To cut an approx 1280x1024 part of the above linked image, and post to you lot via photobucket???

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