If you were that photographer right now, you would simply be over the moon! It’s not easy to spot the International Space Station whizzing across the sky at 0.6 miles per hour with normal human vision. But an amateur photographer Dylan O’Donnell shocked all by snapping a stunning photograph of the station all the way from Earth.
Writing on his blog, O’Donnell described the painstaking preparation that went into this glorious picture.
Using a DSLR and telescope, he had to carefully time his photography to fit the 33-second gap – the time he says it takes for the ISS to fly past the moon. NASA has a detailed list of when and where you can spot the ISS, however despite that capturing such an image is a rigorous test of patience.
“I was super happy to catch the silhouette of the ISS over the disc of the moon last night!
“The CalSky website sends me alerts for potential fly overs for which I’ve been waiting a long time – about 12 months. I got one this week and this was adjusted by 15 seconds by the time of the “occultation.
“If you think that it might be a case of sitting there with your camera and a clock, with one hand on the shutter release, you’d be absolutely correct!
“The ISS only passed over the moon for 0.33 seconds as it shoots by quite quickly. Knowing the second it would pass I fired a “burst” mode of exposures then crossed my fingers and hoped it would show up in review – and it did!”
Still think you’re the coolest amateur photographer on the block? Time is of the essence and patience is the key!