Sunstruck

May 15, 2009 9:19am

Take a close look at the image of the sun provided by NASA The agency says it was shot from Florida on Tuesday. The dark speck is not a sunspot, or a planet, or dirt on the lens. Click on the picture to enlarge and you’ll see the shape of the shuttle Atlantis, the day after launch, just happening to make a transit of the sun’s disc as it orbited at an altitude of 300 miles, closing in on the Hubble telescope for its Wednesday rendezvous. Hat tip to Gina Sunseri for passing this on. The camera was heavily stopped down. As the old saying goes, don’t try this at home. (Photo credit: NASA/Thierry Legault)

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