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Astro-Image of the Day: What is it?

What do you see in this image?

POV photograph of a window-pane as seen by a person on LSD.
0(0.0%)
Bug on the lens.
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Sunspots are back!
4(13.8%)
Modern art.
2(6.9%)
The Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Hubble Telescope as they transit across the Sun.
23(79.3%)


If you need a hint, click the image to see the full story.

Give up?

Perhaps this image will help! Taken by astrophotographer Thierry Legault.

Click the image to see the story.

Answer: These are the "only images ever taken of a transit of a space shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope in front of the Sun, during the last repair mission of Hubble, obtained from Florida at 100 km south of the Kennedy Space Center on May 13th 2009."

The first image shows "during the last Hubble repair extra-vehicular walkout. We are looking at the top of Atlantis and Hubble, with the angle to Atlantis coming from a little towards the tail." The second image was taken as Atlantis was "halfway to Hubble, at a distance of only 260 km. Duration of the transit: only 0.3 second. The thin silhouette confirms that the cargo bay doors were opened."

Neat stuff!

Best,
Chris

Comments

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mckitterick
May. 21st, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
It's amazing! I love it!
saycestsay
May. 21st, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
Wondrous indeed! though I thought it looked far too fake and clear in outline :).
mckitterick
May. 21st, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
I know! Pretty impressive to have captured such a sharp image in such a brief instant.
shsilver
May. 21st, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
My initial response when I first saw Legault's photo was that it had to have been photoshopped. When I realized it wasn't. Well...freakin' cool.
mckitterick
May. 21st, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I know! But because I first found it on Spaceweather.com, I think it's legit.
clevermanka
May. 21st, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
That's awesome!!!!
mckitterick
May. 21st, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
Totally.
saycestsay
May. 21st, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
I officially want to change my vote to "modern art." I'll leave why as an exercise :).
mckitterick
May. 21st, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Well, it totally IS modern art, now that I think of it!
edichka2
May. 21st, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
I thought it was a superficial spreading melanoma.

How the hell did they filter out the intense backlight enough to get a sharp shuttle outline?

- E
mckitterick
May. 21st, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
A solar filter for astrophotography prevents all but the most miniscule amount of light from entering the telescope. It's pure contrast!
selinker
May. 21st, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
That is super-neat.
mckitterick
May. 21st, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Neato-keen!
siro_gravity
May. 21st, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
that would definitely fall into the "super sassalicious" category!!
mckitterick
May. 21st, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
I know!
frugurl27
May. 22nd, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm glad you posted this! That astronomer is seriously a badass!
silverfae
May. 23rd, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)


wow.



that is all.
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