IMAGE OF THE DAY: International Space Station Seen in Silhouette as it Transits Moon

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ABOVE VIDEO”: This video from another time the ISS made a lunar transit provides insight on just how fast, rare and difficult to film the opccurance is. 

(NASA) — The International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the Moon at roughly five miles per second, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania.

Onboard the ISS are NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, Mark Vande Hei, and Randy Bresnik; Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Sergey Ryanzansky; and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

There is a special wbsite in which serious space obserevers can plan ahead to see the Space Station pass in front of the moon and the sun. It’s called, ISS Transit Finder. 

The ISS Transit Finder is a web application designed to aid planning the observations of lunar and solar transits of the largest artificial satellite of our planet, the International Space Station.

It is designed to be intuitive and easy to understand even for non-astronomically inclined observers.  There is a help page which contains information about the features of the website and the interpretation of the prediction results.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

The International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the Moon at roughly five miles per second, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Manchester Township, York County, Pennsylvania.

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