Mindblowing Photos: Space Shuttle And Hubble Transiting the Sun


Some absolutely stunning and unique photos by amateur astonomer Thierry Legault, who photographed the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Hubble Telescope side-by-side as they transited the sun. The shot of Atlantis and Hubble was captured just minutes before the grapple of Hubble by Atlantis on May 13.

Large stunning photos here.


Gizmodo reports: "Shot just after launch, the image shows the faraway scene as viewed
through a Takahashi TOA-130 refractor telescope (focal length 2200mm)
and a Baader solar prism, which gives the Sun its muted look. Strapped
to the back of the telescope, the 5D was set to ISO 100 and a 1/8000
shutter speed, the camera's extreme low and high settings, respectively
[Edit: woops, the Mk II actually does ISO 50]. Legault used the free online Celestial Observer tool to calculate the best time to shoot from his location. "


Posted May 15, 2009 at 9:09am ETC by Andy Towle
in News, Space