Photographer Andrew McCarthy is known for shooting incredible astrophotography pictures from his backyard in Sacramento, California. He as of late added two more stunning pictures to his portfolio: ultra-clear views of the International Space Station (ISS) crossing the Sun and Moon.
Given that the ISS masters over the Sun and Moon in under a second from the viewpoint of somebody on Earth, catching an away from of the travel isn’t a simple activity.
McCarthy initially figured out how to catch the ISS traveling the Sun on Tuesday, October sixth.
“This shot was captured simultaneously with two scopes, one with a white light filter for ISS details and one with a hydrogen-alpha solar telescope for surface details,” McCarthy composes. “By blending the images together I get a crisp, detailed snapshot of the transit.”
The next week, on the morning of October 14th, McCarthy caught the ISS crossing the face of the Moon.
“[A]fter spending hours scouting for the right location, I set up my gear on the side of a road hoping to capture something I’ve never seen before. The ISS, illuminated by daylight, transiting a razor-thin crescent moon,” McCarthy composes. “Something about the way the illuminated ISS straddles the crescent gives it a sense of depth lacking in my previous transit shots.
“This was captured by recording high framerate video during the pass, and stitching together a full mosaic of the moon after the pass was completed, which was then blended with shots captured before the sun rose to get the ‘Earthshine’ you see on the dark side of the moon.”