ISS Crossing the Sun Is Captured in Spectacular Image Detailing Its Path

ISS Transitting the Sun by Miguel Claro

Portuguese astrophotographer Miguel Claro has once again captured the public's imagination with his magical imagery. This time, he took a detailed image of the International Space Station (ISS) as it transited the Sun. Traveling at an average speed of 17,500 miles per hour, the space station only takes a few seconds to move across the Sun. This makes the clarity of Claro's image all the more impressive.

“The fact that I could achieve this level of detail without stacking images, which is the typical technique used for solar imaging, but for the ISS, it is not possible to stack, so I developed a different processing method which worked pretty well, and I was surprised and very happy with the results,” Claro tells My Modern Met of his favorite part of this image.

Claro's work in solar photography often involves creating time lapses to show our star's motion. So, it is a special achievement for him to be able to create a single frame that captures this sense of motion. Many factors need to come together in order to have a clear shot of the Sun, from clear weather to a stable atmosphere, but with everything lined up and the right equipment in hand, Claro executed his vision.

“I hope that this image can give emotions that can transmit the beauty of the universe, and in this case, how spectacular the Sun is,” shares Claro. “But also our capacity to make huge achievements as humanity: work in teams, put politics aside, and build the largest manmade structure in space, the International Space Station, capable of carrying on board astronauts permanently, an incredible artificial satellite orbiting our planet.”

To have this piece of art in your home and support Claro's work as a freelance photographer, you can purchase fine art prints of the ISS transit online.

Astrophotographer Miguel Claro captured a detailed look at the International Space Station transiting the Sun.

Fine art prints of the exceptional photo are also available for sale.

Fine art photo of ISS transit

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Miguel Claro.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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