NASA animation shows the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun.
It is the largest man-made object in orbit around our planet, but the International Space Station was dwarfed by the Sun as it was captured passing in front of its surface.
This composite image, made from nine frames, shows the International Space Station, with a crew of three onboard, in silhouette as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.
It was taken by NASA photographer Joel Kowsky in Suffolk, Va.
'It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up,' the NASA website explained. 'Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster!'
Space-gazers can catch a glimpse of the ISS from their own back yards thanks to an interactive tool from Nasa. Nasa's 'Spot the Station' website tells people when the ISS will be able to be seen from their own city, how long it should be visible and at what point in the sky. It is only visible for a few minutes at a time as it speeds past, travelling at 17,100 miles (27,600km) per hour.
'My advice would be to visit Heavens Above, or better yet get their app for your phone, and look at the star charts there,' Sam Spencer, amateur astronomer and president of Durham University's Astronomical Society told us. 'It'll plot out the trajectory the space station will take at a particular time and date. It moves very quickly, it'll probably be visible for less than a minute, so I'd advise you either use the naked eye to see it, or a DSLR camera on a tripod with a wide angle lens (18mm) set to take ten second exposures continuously at high ISO.'
Use the module below or visit the website to see when the ISS will be visible from your city
Story Source: (Source: dailymail.co.uk; October 11, 2018; https://tinyurl.com/yckyhqno)