Photographer Captures Stunning Photos Of The ISS In Front Of The Sun And Moon From His Backyard

Published 4 years ago

Andrew McCarthy is a Sacramento-based astrophotographer who captures stunning images of space from his backyard. A short while ago, the man managed to capture photos of the International Space Station (ISS) traveling in front of the sun and moon, and the images are absolutely breathtaking.

The photographer says he captured the photo of ISS in front the sun using two scopes: one with a white light filter to capture the details of the ISS, and one with a hydrogen-alpha solar telescope to capture the surface details of the sun. “By blending the images together I get a crisp, detailed snapshot of the transit,” explained Andrew.

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Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy managed to capture these amazing photos of the ISS in front of the sun and moon from his backyard

To capture the ISS in front of the moon, Andrew says he had to spend hours scouting for the right location before finally setting up his gear on the side of the road hoping to capture an amazing shot.

“It doesn’t get much cooler than this”

“Something about the way the illuminated ISS straddles the crescent gives it a sense of depth lacking in my previous transit shots,” said the astrophotographer. Andrew explained that the image was captured by recording a high framerate video of the pass and stitching together a full mosaic of the moon after it was over. He then blended the images together with ones captured before sunrise to get the breathtaking “Earthshine” effect you can see on the dark side of the moon.

Here’s the ISS up close

If you love Andrew’s photos, he has prints for sale so you can decorate you room with stunning images of space – check them out here!

See more of Andrew’s incredible space photos below!

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Image source: cosmic_background

Image source: cosmic_background

Image source: cosmic_background

Image source: cosmic_background

Image source: cosmic_background

Image source: cosmic_background

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One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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Andrew McCarthy, astrophotography, International Space Station, ISS, moon, space photography, sun
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