Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

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.
Bug on the lens.
Sunspots are back!
Modern art.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Hubble Telescope as they transit across the Sun.

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!

Tags: astronomy, polls, the space age

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