That’s a Weird Looking Sunspot… Hold On… It’s Actually the International Space Station Transiting the Sun!

By Tom Yulsman | July 3, 2014 1:39 pm

Maximilian Teodorescu of Magurele, Romania captured this fabulous image of the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun on June 30. Both he and his wife knew when the event would happen and set up their telescopes and cameras (with solar filters!) in a corn field in hopes of capturing some good photographs.

“When the moment came we both push our remote control buttons and got the dark silhouette of the ISS close to the freshly emerged sunspot groups 2104 and 2107,” he told

As it turned out, capturing the International Space Station transiting the Sun truly was an international affair, as another astrophotographer in New Hampshire was able to photograph the same scene:


This photo is by John Stetson. In his post at, he wrote, “Hello Romania. Here is how it appeared over Portsmouth, NH at 11h12m18s local time. International? Indeed.”

Thanks to both of you for inspiring us with these incredible images.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, select, Stars, Sun, Top Posts
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ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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