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Stunning NASA photo about ISS passing the sun has Twitter in attack! – Science

Every day, NASA chooses a different picture or photograph of the fascinating cosmos so that it can be found in it Astronomical picture of the day, along with a short explanation written by a pro-astronomer. On Monday, the US space agency has released a great picture of the International Space Station (ISS) passing through a rare, almost spotless Sun.

Astronomiczne zdjęcie dnia / NASA

NASA did not photograph the sun this time, but instead it was taken off by the photographer Rainee Colacurcio from Washington in the United States. While transit through the Sun is not uncommon for the ISS, getting the right time and equipment to get a great picture is rare. The mobile space laboratory circles the Earth every 90 minutes.

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The space agency explained that the picture is actually a combination of two images: one is a photograph of a space station passing through the Sun, and the other was particularly captured to record details of the Sun's surface after taking the first shot. These two images were superimposed and stained.

It is interesting that the Sun has very rarely experienced sunspots since the beginning of the last solar minimum. A sunny minimum is a period of lower solar activity. NASA noticed: "Strangely, apart from this false place, in the latter composed of two images, the Sun was lacking real sunspots". In the picture, the ISS looks like a small black spot on the surface of the Sun. In the eleven-year cycle, solar activity is highest when there are frequent eruptions, such as coronal mass ejections and solar flares.

An amazing shot has many fans on Twitter, amazed to see the sun in all its glory:

The last silhouette of the space station was withdrawn in 2017 when observers in Banner, Wyoming saw it pass before the sun during the solar eclipse.

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