Alan Friedman
Image taken:
Mar. 1, 2011
Knights Key Resort and Marina, Marathon, Florida
The International Space Station paid a visit to the Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys this afternoon... almost. A fine transit of the ISS across the sun was scheduled for 2:39 with a centerline 20 miles to the north of this annual gathering of astronomers. I was scheduled to give a talk on my astrophotography ending at 1:30. As soon as it was done, Brian Shelton, Mark Beale and I made a mad dash to Marathon to set up and record the pass. We barely made it in time to catch the ISS silhouetted against the limb of the sun. Total elapsed time of the transit from our location at Knights Key Resort and Marina - one fifth of a second. A blink of an eye and an 1800 mile drive to see it!
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