Eclipse with satellite

Moon, Sun with sunspots and ISS. (Photo: Thierry Legault)

Astrophysicist Thierry Legault took this photo from Muscat, Oman on January 4, 2011 as the sun was coming out of the first partial solar eclipse of the year. The International Space Station was passing in front of the sun at the same time. You can see sunspots on the photo, more clearly if you click to enlarge. At 5 o’clock (about 1/3 the way from the edge to the center of the sun) is sunspot 1140 and just above the center is a sunspot group which includes sunspot 1142. More information is at NASA’s Earth Observatory page.

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