Atlantis and ISS in solar transit

Via Space Weather. “Yesterday (May 22nd) in Switzerland, Thierry Legault photographed the International Space Station (ISS) and space shuttle Atlantis passing directly in front of the sun.” He’s making a habit of this.

The small image here doesn’t do justice to the astounding images he’s taken during the 0.49 second solar transit.  You have to go to his website to see those in full.

Equally astounding are the images of a transit 50 minutes before Atlantis docked with the ISS.  And if you scroll down there you’ll see a short video clip of that transit in real time.

Meanwhile the Solar Dynamics Observatory is providing more wondrous images of Sol in action.

Like this “Pick of the Week for May 21, 2010”