The outstanding composite image, shot by photographer Rainee Colacurcio, was chosen as a NASA astronomy image of the day. Despite the fact that the ISS is way nearer to the Earth – at 250 miles (408km) distance – the long-lasting orbiting lab stays dwarfed against the immense surface of the Sun glowing orange within the background. Ms. Colacurcio took the picture from Edmonds Beach in Washington.
However, getting one’s timing and tools just right for an incredible picture is uncommon.”
This awe-inspiring picture is really a combination of two photographs.
One of many space station because it handed in front of the Sun, whereas a second captured particulars of the Sun’s surface.
The resulting composite pictured is uncommon because it reveals the Sun is missing any actual sunspots.
These are darker patches that appear quickly on the surface of the Sun and signify areas of relatively cooler temperatures because of localized magnetic fluxes which dampen convection.
The variety of sunspots at any given time tends to differ with the 11-year solar cycle.
Ms. Colacurcio added: “Sunspots have been uncommon in the Sun because of the dawn of the present Solar Minimum, an interval of low solar activity.
“For reasons not yet totally understood, the variety of sunspots occurring during both the previous and present solar minima have been unusually low.”