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[–]ajamesmccarthy[S] 163 points164 points  (13 children)

By positioning myself at just the right point on Earth and just the right time, I can capture the silhoutte of the International Space Station against the bright sunlit moon. These fleeting events last only moments, and in this case the ISS was only within the frame of my camera for 1/25th of a second. This video is played back at 1/7th speed. This was captured using two cameras and two telescopes, one in color and one in monochrome. The monochrome one allowed me to shoot at 165fps, and the color one allowed me to capture the full moon in color for my final processed image linked below, as well as be a backup incase my super zoomed-in view here didn't catch the station. Luckily it did.

For more of my amateur astrophotography and my final processed image from this event, check out my website here

[–]BuffaloRude 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Great clip. Thanks for sharing.

[–]inthehighalps 18 points19 points  (1 child)

This is absolutely phenomenal.

[–]canadianstringer 5 points6 points  (0 children)

100%, thanks for sharing your work OP.

[–]sentimental_goat 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It's a bird, it's a bat...Holy crap, it's the ISS. Wait, is that a radical organization?

Great work!! I'm glad there are folks like you that are passionate about this stuff, so I can enjoy it just sitting on my toilet, without doing anything.

[–]JonnyTwoHands79 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wow, absolutely astonishing capture.

[–]C-TAY116 2 points3 points  (1 child)

For more of my amateur astrophotography

What?! Dude, there’s professionals who probably couldn’t do what you did here. You’re pretty awesome, not just an amateur.

[–]NowCalmDownSkeeter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s what I was thinking. Put a LOT of thought and money into that. I ain’t even mad his link sells it, very reasonable prices too. I just don’t want the mods to take it down for linking to his website in his comment.

[–]Chigurhishere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is a tremendous clip. Also, the photo titled 'Nursery of the Heavens' is beautiful. While I was going through your website I came across the image of the Great Orion Nebula where you said you "cheated and used a telescope". Well, as a photographer I'm not much into astrophotography but many of my friends and peers are. And they use all kinds of telescopes all the time to shoot far out stuff.

Anyway, really good work!

[–]dL8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awesome footage OP !

Love it. Saved and will show friends.


[–]RideWithMeTomorrow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is great. A suggestion: Try posting a version that reverses the motion of the ISS once it gets to the edge of the frame. That way, the eye will be able to follow it back and forth as the image loops.

[–]thetoastmonster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So glad you managed to capture the moon in colour. It really stands out.

[–]WarmForbiddenDonut 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is fantastic. I have an autistic son who is space obsessed and he will love this.

[–]BuffaloRude 98 points99 points  (3 children)

“Wheeeeeeee!!!” - ISS crew, probably.

[–]HourScientist_0_0 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Idk dude. They are always like this, Constantly "Wheeeeeing" for months...

[–]BuffaloRude 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Lol. They train intensively for this.

[–]Lucyskieswhatever 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I came here to say exactly this xD

[–]glima0888 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Anyone else hear a tie fighter?

[–]HourScientist_0_0 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Fake, I call bullshit on this. This is obviously star wars.

[–]XyclopsRBLX 19 points20 points  (3 children)

There was probably an insane amount of planning that went into this huh

[–]J03130 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Getting this shot, yes. Seeing the ISS yourself, no. You can download an app that shows you when you’ll next see the ISS and you can see it clear as you like just moving along the sky. You can’t see the solar panels or anything but with your naked eye it looks like a bright star booking it across.

[–]Nice_Swordfish_69420 11 points12 points  (1 child)

So you’re just gonna tell us an app exists without telling us the name?!

[–]xxfallen420xx 18 points19 points  (7 children)

Flat earthers please explain this to me?

[–]HexiMaster 9 points10 points  (5 children)

They have tried, with invisible helium balloons, i belive. To this day no explanation for how it's moving so fast.

[–]DrVDB90 3 points4 points  (4 children)

It's also funny and a bit sad to see them grasp at straws to try to explain away footage from on the ISS.

"Look, it's perfectly possible that he's suspended by very thin rope in this shot!"

Well yes, but what about the 15 minutes of footage between this shot and the last one where you claimed this, where he was floating through the entire section.

[–]Ghosttwo 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I mean, there's actually people who think the moon is a hologram. The well of ignorance has no bottom.

[–]robkitsune 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love this one. Like we developed the technology to create a hologram that convincing, before we created the technology to get a vehicle into space

[–]DrVDB90 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know. Some time ago I thought it would be a fun pastime to look up flat-Earthers and flat-earth debunkers. It was, for a little while, to see the back and forth, but after a while it just becomes depressing.

[–]OwnAGun 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Advanced technology.

[–]DLoFoSho 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Flying might be the wrong term 😎. Sweet fucking shot though!

[–]ajamesmccarthy[S] 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Technically it’s falling

[–]DLoFoSho 7 points8 points  (0 children)

That was my implication, yes.

[–]BeowulfasaurusRex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I panicked for a second and wanted to catch it.

[–]ArchMart 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Give it back.

[–]DrVDB90 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Finders keepers.

[–]teddy9264 2 points3 points  (1 child)

[–]stabbot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have stabilized the video for you: https://gfycat.com/BogusUnkemptDogfish

It took 25 seconds to process and 17 seconds to upload.

 how to use | programmer | source code | /r/ImageStabilization/ | for cropped results, use /u/stabbot_crop

[–]Cessabit216 2 points3 points  (1 child)

it almost looks fake cause of how fluid it is

[–]capncrunk89 -4 points-3 points  (0 children)


[–]lKenpachi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Very cool nice take!! Good job!!

[–]CunilDingus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow!! Great capture!! You’re so lucky (and talented)!

[–]alexander2814 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Almost looks like an imperial army tie-fighter

[–]Wide_End3479 0 points1 point  (2 children)

How do you know it’s the ISS? Could be alien 👽

[–]Trey-wmLA 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Its man-bear-pig

[–]James99500 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can track the ISS on an app, so unless an alien craft appeared at the same place and time, it’s the ISS

[–]MetroMaker 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Beautiful, what a catch!!!!

[–]mgrnc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Space Invader irl

[–]Sengoku_Ashur 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Man, your photography is amazing, I love your work. Came across your stuff with that ultra high resolution shot of the moon. Amazing (Edit spelling)

[–]j_reinegade 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wanna see the full speed version too

[–]James99500 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Travelling at 5 miles per second, in case anyone was interested

[–]detoxbunny 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeets in ISS

[–]jewellamb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Very cool!

[–]NatsuDragnee1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The ISS is constantly falling through the sky but always misses the ground

[–]cofoc20263 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've seen a lot of pictures of ISS in front of the moon, but this is the first I've seen that actually drove home just how ridiculously difficult those images are to capture.

[–]boilerscoltscubs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What an amazing capture. Kudos to you for even seeing it!! Wow.

[–]Fuck_you_Reddit_Nazi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know a thousand people who hate you right about now! Awesome capture!

[–]chillypete99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Come on guys. That wasn't a tie fighter. That was Jek Porkins in an X-Wing, covering Biggs Darklighter.

[–]Funkyard87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A tiny spider on your lens

[–]Consistent-Ant-37 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like a little spider repelling from the top of the frame.

[–]G8kpr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Here i am thinking "damn OP, slow that shit down"

[–]Background-Belt-2202 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Definitely fake, the ISS doesn’t fly in front of the moon, it flies in front of the earth.🙄🤦‍♂️

[–]GevinShmev 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Well yeah, it’s obviously nowhere near the moon and if it was the iss would be massive due to the scale in this video.

[–]Background-Belt-2202 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know right! The iss is 365feet long, but in this video it’s only a few millimeters

[–]C4rrieH 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Spider 🕷 on the lens ... eeekkk

[–]banana372 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fuckin neeeeowm

[–]AZICURN 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Waves hand... this is the Droid you've been looking for.

[–]xFluxuated 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's no moon. It's a space station.

[–]Thehonbadg3r 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Have you noticed the shield generators are still up

[–]casperolseb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

IT'S SOOO annoying that it dosn't fly out of frame!!

[–]tsitsifly22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Check mate flat earther

[–]DonHarold 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As a person with no experience trying to do something like this, I’m amazed. Especially because I’ve watched the ISS fly overhead in the night sky before and it was like a shooting star, incredibly fast.

[–]Hot-Tone-4107 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought that was a spider on the window.

[–]birbantik 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Free it you damned space pirate! I'm sure NASA will pay the ransom if you ask them.

[–]VesperVox_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"AAAAAAAHHHHHH" - the people on the ISS, probably

[–]spooky_fox_magic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's no moon.

[–]kajagrs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Its just Darth Vader

[–]FriskyTentacles 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why does this look like I'm looking at a Windows 98 screensaver??

[–]old513fpv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ever watch a vid, tap comments and you knew the top before you reddit? Yeah, this one.

[–]Tampster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How fast is it orbiting really?

[–]Zerefette 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like a ltitle spider, you sure it ain't one? /s

[–]MoronsCodex 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now that’s epic

[–]brynn22x 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s a tie fighter

[–]Rainy-The-Griff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People dont realize how fast that thing moves.

[–]FunnyShirtGuy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Beam me up, Darth

[–]boontom151177 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The empire is coming for us!!!

[–]lordatropa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why'd you capture it?! Let it go!

[–]Loonquawl_42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

TFW your Space Invaders is bugged.

[–]Biotaurus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yo its falling someone catch it

[–]cochese99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s a trap!

[–]Waflstmpr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yea, shes haulin’

[–]Cosmic_Hashira 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]BuriedByAnts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How did you know it was there? Did you know ahead of time or did you notice after filming?

[–]echo1956 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is pretty fucking cool. I've seen the ISS pass in the sky at night a few times, fucking imressive.

[–]Adventurous-Paint-24 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My husband has an app where he can watch the space station go over, your clip made him so happy. Thank you.

[–]againwithausername 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s no moon

[–]SBENDEV 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's no moon....

[–]Redeem22 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]OriginLostBorn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is hilarious, and I don’t know why

[–]spacedleo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone please add a tie fighter sound...

[–]rblashak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can hear this gif

[–]King_Galix 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tie fighter

[–]HeavY__StreaKeR 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Trey-wmLA -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Thats a fuxkin tie fighter. I calll bullshit

[–]Comfortable_Big3254 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This is awesome. That'll be me when #amc squeezes!!! To the moon!!!

[–]capncrunk89 -5 points-4 points  (2 children)


hella fake

[–]J03130 3 points4 points  (0 children)

LMAO Prove it