UK photographer Jamie Cooper has captured the silhouette of the International Space Station around the sun.
Jamie Cooper, 52, who lives in Northamptonshire, said he realized on June 17 that the Space Station could be viewed from above his house and said, “This was an opportunity not to be missed.”
Cooper recorded the Station’s “full pass” over the Sun with the help of a telescope and a high-speed camera. The recording lasted less than a second.
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Cooper, a professional photographer and amateur astronomer, said he was in the right place at the right time:
“I checked three days before, it was passing my house. I checked one day before and it was going to pass over my house. I must say I was lucky.”
While over Cooper’s house, the International Space Station was about 400 kilometers away and moving at 27,300 kilometers per hour.
The high-resolution camera also captured the sun’s jagged surface.
Cooper said his camera captured 80 frames per second, as opposed to the normal camera speed of 25 frames per second.
The photographer also said that he used his special telescope with filters to capture these frames:
“Because you should never look at the sun with the naked eye. It can cause permanent blindness.”
Jamie Cooper emphasized the importance of using filters when photographing the Sun